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View Diary: Gov Rick Snyder Sellout? Prefabricated Corporate Michigan (Government) Courtesy of Koch & ALEC Excl. (35 comments)

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  •  Middle Class, Unite! (5+ / 0-)

    Our Governerd will give away the proverbial farm to the corporations and wealthy individuals. The Mackinaw Center has been hacking away at education for years, extolling the beauty of charter schools. Giving tax breaks to corporations is only the beginning. If you like polluted air and water, gutted social services, right-to-work laws, and school districts with large class sizes and watered down programs, these folks are for you!

    •  The Mac Ctr... (4+ / 0-)
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      Sylv, Cordelia Lear, aliasalias, GypsyT

      ... IMHO is much more interested in the $23+ Billion (that B) in pooled healthcare the unions in Michigan have some control or say over.  The MEA with MESSA which you hear mentioned at weird moments, like "why did he say that" and other unions benefit pools, like pensions.

      The Mac Ctr doesn't really give a crap about kids, they like cash.

      They were started by Dow and Insurance money, made their fame with privatization of the "Michigan Accident Fund" with a BIG 'transactional wealth' (meaning you do really have to make to do anything, haul in US history.

      In the last few years, Michigan state government has engaged in several privatization efforts. In 1992 the governor [Engler] issued an executive order creating the Michigan Public-Private Partnership Commission and charged it with analyzing ways in which state services can be provided more efficiently by "introducing competition into the public sector." The commission encouraged the various departments to review each activity and every program in state government to find candidates for potential privatization.
      In 1995 the State of Michigan engaged in one of the largest asset sales in the nation. After years of political debate and court challenges, the state sold the Michigan Accident Fund, the largest workers’ compensation insurer in the state. The Accident Fund was established in 1912 as part of the Michigan Treasury Department, under the regulation of the insurance commissioner, but over the years its administration shifted to a private board of directors. After many court challenges concerning the Fund’s private/public status, in 1989 the Michigan Supreme Court determined that the Fund was a state agency. Within a few years, policymakers began the process of selling the Fund through competitive bid. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan ultimately won the bid, paying the state $255 million.

      What a deal it was too! Lot of BC-BS guys in the Mac Ctr and GOP ranks (Dem here and there though).

      Who else has been talking about commissions such... oh yeah Snyder.

      Good history to review and good to look back on that myself.

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