By RUSS HARDING Joe Maguire, president of Wolverine Development and a Mackinac Center board member, was dumbfounded when he received a letter last December from an environmental consulting firm requesting his consent for access to conduct an environmental assessment on property he owns in East Lansing. Maguire’s well-maintained property features a McDonald’s restaurant in the East Village area adjacent to the Michigan State University campus. Maguire was not aware of any environmental pollution on his property and … [Read more...] about Where is the brownfield?
Republicans fought an inspired battle against the stimulus bill, holding all but three of their 219 senators and congressmen. And they still lost. Some of the almost $500 billion in stimulus spending will enter the permanent “baseline” of the federal budget, the starting point for all future budgets that, in the immutable law of Washington, always grow and never shrink. From Ronald Reagan to Newt Gingrich, Republicans intent on limiting government during the past 25 years have succeeded in a limited way: From 1983 to … [Read more...] about Last gasp for limited government?
Give Gov. Jennifer Grannholm credit: Her budget outline for next year begins to give Michigan residents a leaner state government. Her 2010 budget would eliminate 1,500 positions, shrink state government spending by $300 million and cut subsidies to the arts and the horse-racing industry. These painful-yet-sensible cuts are necessary due to the national recession and Michigan’s own decade-long economic meltdown. The governor — traditionally, a fan of fiscal gimmicks — is almost out of budget-balancing tricks. It is time for … [Read more...] about Don’t tap stimulus to balance budget
By J. Patrick Pepper Times-Herald Staff Reporter A 48-year-old Inkster man was shot dead last week after slamming a sport utility vehicle into two police cruisers and nearly running an officer over, police said. The shooting took place at the Van Born Road on-ramp to Southfield Freeway at about 8 a.m. Feb. 6 after the driver, identified as Willie Allan Thomas, led police on a four-mile chase through Inkster and Dearborn Heights. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center. The shooting caused a … [Read more...] about Motorist shot and killed after police chase
By J. PATRICK PEPPER Times-Herald Newspapers DEARBORN — Attorneys for Burton-Katzman Development Co. last week filed for a two-week extension in order to reply to a breach of contract and fraud lawsuit filed by city attorneys in January. The suit alleges that the Bingham Farms-based company breached a 2003 development agreement it signed with the city by failing to complete several aspects of the project. On Michigan Avenue between Howard and Tenny at the former site of Jacobson’s department store, the agreement … [Read more...] about Developer files for extension in city lawsuit
By J. PATRICK PEPPER Times-Herald Newspapers DEARBORN — A man arrested in August for bribes connected to the FBI’s investigation of the city’s Building and Safety Department has found himself in more trouble. Musaid Ahmed Saeed, 57, was held without bond after being arraigned in Branch County District Court Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of arson and conspiracy to commit arson. Saeed already is on probation from the 19th District Court for his involvement in the building and safety … [Read more...] about Police make arrest in arson-for-hire cold case
By BROOKE STEVENSON Sunday Times Newspapers ALLEN PARK — The Police and Fire departments were praised for their progress during Mayor Gary Burtka’s State of the City Address. Each department made changes in 2008 that helped to keep costs down, while boosting morale among employees, he said. The city settled contracts with police that saved the city approximately $79,000 last year. The agreements include a new policy on sick time usage and eliminating the performance evaluation plan, which reportedly has … [Read more...] about Police and fire departments commended
ALLEN PARK — Two separate burglaries occurred during the same time period last Saturday. Thieves struck a house in the 22000 block of Winona sometime between 7:30 and 10 p.m., and a house in the 6600 block of Cortland was robbed sometime between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. The owner of the house on Cortland locked all of the doors and left his dog to roam inside before he left. He said he originally had left some lights on, and that when he returned, the first thing he noticed was that the house was dark. Entry was … [Read more...] about Two burglaries on the same day
Washington can’t decide whether to save or to smother the American auto industry. A few months ago, GM and Chrysler got a federal lifeline in the form of $17.4 billion in loans, on grounds that their health is essential to the economy. Now comes news that the Obama administration is acting quickly to approve a waiver for California to impose costly new restrictions on carbon-dioxide emissions from cars. In a move meant to combat global warming, California wants to mandate a 30 percent reduction in tailpipe emissions by … [Read more...] about The rise of self-defeating industrial policy
By JAMES M. HOMAN and MARK J. PERRY We hear discouraging and pessimistic comments about the economy every day, and many people are afraid of how long the current recession will last. Michigan just got more bad news as its economic forecasters predicted that the unemployment rate will average 11.3 percent in 2009 and the state’s budget will overspend revenues by $1.6 billion. But within the economic slowdown, there is actually plenty of good news if you take the time to look for it. First, there are areas of the country … [Read more...] about Good news about the bad economy