Tag Archives: loopholes

State Representative Jeff Irwin on the illegal use of “immediate effect” by Republicans in Lansing

Last night, I posted something about a procedural trick being employed by Michigan Republicans in Lansing in order to speed their legislation into effect, bypassing traditional waiting periods, in apparent violation of state law. As luck would have it, this morning, Jeff Irwin, one of the Democrats in the Michigan House who is leading the […]

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Could it really be possible that 96% of the legislation passed by Michigan Republicans over the last year was implemented illegally?

According to Rachel Maddow 544 laws passed by the Republicans under Snyder have likely been rushed into implementation in violation of state law. Someone correct me if I got any of this wrong, but here’s the gist of what I heard… Historically, there’s always been a lag in Michigan between the time when a law […]

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Considering the suggestions of the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, the co-chairs of the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform issued a 50-page draft proposal a few days ago, outlining what they’d recommend that we do to reign in government spending and significantly cut the nation’s deficit. They maintain that their proposal, which cuts military spending, reforms the […]

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Obama announces economic plan, states he will not renew Bush tax cuts for the super-wealthy

As scheduled, Obama spoke about the economy in Cleveland today. While he formally unveiled the major new incentives and infrastructure projects that we discussed here last night, the big news came when he announced unequivocally that he would not support the extension of the Bush tax cuts for the super-wealthy. The statement was unexpected, as […]

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Closing tax loopholes for billionaires

I don’t have the time or desire to put together a long post tonight on how our American tax code is unnecessarily complicated, and favors the super-rich. To do it well would be a daunting task, and I’m not up for it at the moment. What I am up for, however, is passing along this […]

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