Political Reform - The Players
Reform Michigan Government Now! (RMGN) is a non-partisan action group proposing changes in Michigan’s legislative, judicial, and executive branches as well as in election policy. The main goals of the proposal are to reduce politicians’ salaries, alter their retirement benefits, end free lifetime health care for legislators, and require officials to disclose incomes and assets annually. The proposition will not be seen on ballots in the upcoming elections as on August 20th, 2008 the amount of change involved has been ruled too much for a petition drive to accomplish.
Five political parties have formed this coalition to amend Michigan's ballot access laws, establish instant run-off voting, increase media attention, and fight the exclusion of minor party aspirants from debates to give third party candidates a chance to run in elections.
The Michigan Campaign Finance Network is a partnership of organizations and individuals concerned with the role of money in Michigan politics and the need for campaign finance reform. The Coalition does research on campaign contributions and the relationship they have to election outcomes and issues of public policy. The MCFN supports access to campaign finance information and develops initiatives for public knowledge on the subject of campaign finance reform.
Rep. Mike Simpson, representing Michigan's 65th District, is working to reform the Michigan legislature.
A coalition of business groups today called for long-term state government reforms rather than patching the budget, raising taxes and relying heavily on federal stimulus money to resolve the fiscal crisis.
Although the 2010 elections are more than a year away, many candidates are starting to file for a chance to run. I've reviewed the filing data posted at the Michigan Secretary of State's website at the link provided below:
Attorney General Mike Cox, a Republican candidate for governor, yesterday released 92 ideas for fixing Michigan, noting that "no matter what happens, the perception of Michigan is tied to Detroit."
Attorney General Mike Cox, a Republican candidate for governor, put out 92 ideas for fixing Michigan today, including cutting taxes in his first year in office by $2 billion and increasing spending for higher education by $185 million.
Jennifer Granholm had scarcely finished describing the long-awaited outlines of her plan to balance Michigan's books this week when one of her most prominent rivals declared the governor's proposed budget a nonstarter, denounced her for "showboating a proposal that has no chance of passing," and urged her to "get back to the hard work of negotiating a budget solution."
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