“Lansing hates us,…the People love us!!!”

My own Antrim County Commissioner - David Heeres, 1st District, BLOCKED our Michigan for 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Counties' resolution vote last night, even after the Chairman of the Board - Ed Boettcher, spoke in favor of taking the vote tonight.

AntrimCommissioner ChristianMarcus pushed to get our resolution on tonight's Agenda, by having it amended.

Mr. Heeres blocked a vote by all of the other 8 County Commissioners, after hearing from our County Sheriff and County Prosecuting Attorney, who both said they would not enforce or prosecute ANY UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAW,...due to THEIR OATH of office!!!

Mr. Heeres BLOCKED all of our County Commissioners to reaffirm their OATH of office, and definitely doesn't support our 2A Constitutional rights!!!

Contact David Heeres and let him know what you think!!!
6323 East Jordan Road, Ellsworth, MI 49729
Phone; *67, 1-231-675-7741
Email: heeresd@antrimcounty.org

Finally,...they tabled our resolution until their NEXT meeting on Thursday, February 6th, 2020 at 9:00 am. Please SHARE this post with every 2nd Amendment supporting person you know, and have them attend this next meeting. Antrim County Building does NOT have any metal detectors and allows OPEN CARRY firearms by Citizens,...if you are so inclined to do so. PLEASE SHARE THIS POST!!!
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CALL TO ACTION - TONIGHT AT 6 PM - PETOSKEY, MI!!!

Please attend the County Commissioners' Board meeting in Petoskey, MI. Emmet County Court House (200 Division St.) - Commissioners' Room, starting right at 6:00 pm.

Emmet County Chair for Michigan for 2A Sanctuary Counties - David McKay, will be presenting our Resolution to the County Commissioners, and he needs your support and encouragement!!
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This is happening RIGHT NOW in Virginia,....and could be coming to Michigan!!!

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Why is Nancy Pelosi wanting to control the trial of impeachment in the U.S. Senate???Nancy Pelosi’s son, Paul Pelosi Jr., is involved in oil importing from Ukraine and his company, Viscoil, is under investigation for securities fraud.

In 2015, Pelosi used the Air Force to fly her entire family to Ukraine at a cost of over $185,000.

Nancy Pelosi’s legislative aide, Ivanna Voronovych, is from Ukraine and is connected to the Ukrainian Embassy, the Ukrainian military, the Ukrainian government and Ukrainian party life. Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff are also both connected to a Ukrainian arms dealer.

We also know that Ukraine was involved in helping the Clinton campaign fabricate evidence against Paul Manafort to smear the Trump campaign and the firm the DNC used to “inspect” Hillary’s email server,

Crowdstrike, is funded by anti-Russian Ukrainian Oligarchs and run by a man who used to work for Mueller at the FBI.

Now we know why Nancy Pelosi wants to know exactly how the U.S. Senate is going to conduct the trial of the impeachment of President Donald Trump,...she needs to control the witnesses and their testimony!!!


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As President Trump comes to Michigan tomorrow, Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 down in Battle Creek,...how did we get President Trump elected, especially here in Michigan back in 2016???

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Legislature, Governor Combine For Fewest PAs Since 1960

Feel like the 2019 session was slower than usual? You're not mistaken.

The 2018 session saw 690 public acts (PAs) signed into law, second only to John ENGLER's last year in office in 2002 (747) as the most since the 1963 Constitution.

Assuming Gov. Gretchen WHITMER signs all 34 outstanding bills awaiting action, the 2019 session of the Michigan Legislature will have gotten 180 public acts enacted, the fewest number of PAs since Gov. Soapy WILLIAMS' last year in office in 1960.

This collection of PAs is based on numbers collected from the official state of Michigan book of public acts published at the end of each year's session.

As of Dec. 12, Whitmer has signed 146 bills into law. She had two on her desk awaiting action, with one of them being the reversal of the deer baiting ban, which is highly unlikely to be signed.

The House Clerk's office has 27 bills to send her and the Secretary of the Senate has another five to process. In all likelihood, Whitmer will sign no more than 179 bills this session.

By comparison, the Legislature sent to former Gov. Rick SNYDER 401 bills in lame duck alone, meaning lawmakers passed twice as many bills in the last six weeks of 2018 than all 52 weeks of 2019.

Historically, odd-numbered years produce fewer bills than even-numbered years, as bills started at the beginning of the term wrap up at the term's end. The average number of bills signed into law in odd-numbered years from 1951 to 2017 is 280. The average number of bills signed in even-numbered years from 1952 to 2018 is 443.

Before 1951, the state Legislature tended to only meet in odd-numbered years until May or June. The Governor did call the Legislature into special session in even-numbered years pre-1952, but the workload was nowhere near the same as the regular odd-numbered-year session.

After 1952, when the Legislature started meeting regularly every year, 1960 is the only other year outside of 2019 in which fewer than 200 bills have been signed into law.

Here's some other notes:

- Of the 179 bills Whitmer is expected to sign, 110 are House bills and 69 are Senate bills.

- Snyder signed 323 bills in his first year in 2011. Gov. Jennifer GRANHOLM signed 322 in her first year with a Republican Legislature in 2003. Gov. John ENGLER signed 201 in his first year in 1991. Gov. James BLANCHARD signed 259 in 1983.

- In 1969, when Gov. Bill MILLIKEN took over, 346 bills were signed. Gov. George ROMNEY signed a combined 317 public acts (249 in the regular session and first special session and another 68 in a second special session). Gov. John SWAINSON signed 239 in 1961. Williams signed 317 in his first year in 1949.

- In 1960, Williams' last year in office, the Republican-led Legislature got 163 PAs out of the Governor until he called a pair of special sessions to create a health care program for those 65 and older and to pass legislation implementing the voter-approved 4% sales tax. They ended up getting another four PA’s out of the session.

MIRS reached out to the Governor's office, House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader for response. Gideon D'ASSANDRO, press secretary for House Speaker Lee CHATFIELD (R-Levering), commended the new dual review process in the House for properly vetting all bills before they come to the floor.

Highlighted by the new Ways & Means Committee, most bills are getting a second set of eyes before going to the floor and that may not mean policy is moving quicker, but what is moving is more thoroughly reviewed, D'Assandro said.

In speaking with various lawmakers, lobbyists and officials over the last week about the fewer number of bills in 2019, a few observations have been shared confidentially:

- Whitmer's intense focus on raising money to fix more roads has pushed many other policy initiatives to the backburner, leaving some lawmakers without a clear idea where she stands on their issues.

- The Senate Majority Leader and Speaker made it clear that reforming the state's auto no-fault insurance law would be their top priority in 2019, and it was. Much of the oxygen in both chambers was sucked up on this issue in the spring and that didn't result in more than a few PAs.

- With a Democratic governor and Republican Legislature, there haven't been many natural areas of agreement outside of criminal justice reform, which has accounted for about a quarter of the PAs signed to date.

- The budget stalemate of the summer and fall locked up discussion on any bill involving the spending or raising of money for at least half the year.
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TONIGHT,...Tuesday Dec. 3rd at 7:00 PM!!!

Join us on a conference call by calling; 712.770.8002
Then enter the PIN/Code #; 605097 #

Leadership of the Michigan Heartbeat Coalition will be giving us an update on the petition drive and answer your questions!!!Please share with all your friends in Emmet County!
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Gilchrist Letter Signals Potential Breakthrough In Negotiations

Gov. Gretchen WHITMER and legislative leaders may, at long last, have found their common ground in regards to the elongated back-and-forth over the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget.

Lt. Gov. Garlin GILCHRIST penned a letter today that reads Whitmer is open to allowing the Legislature to insert boilerplate provisions into budgets that would block the Governor from using her administrative board powers to move around money within departments.

This proposal appears to match legislation introduced last week by Rep. Shane HERNANDEZ (R-Port Huron) that would give the Legislature the power to block the Administrative Board transfers (See "Whitmer Offers To Undo 'Certain' Ad Board Transfers; Lawmakers Suggest 'All,'" 10/29/19).

The Gilchrist letter reads, that the Governor would support "Boilerplate language that would reflect the agreement not to use the state administrative board transfer powers, which the governor would agree to follow and not challenge."'

Whitmer would sign a message that would affirm this agreement. She'd also make it part of a negotiated target agreement that would be discussed at a joint press conference. She said she would rescind one or more of the state administrative board transfers.

"We were all sent here by our constituents to work together on their behalf and find pathways through any impasse," Gilchrist wrote. "I know this is possible."

Would Whitmer sign legislation making this agreement permanent, however?

Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5176 simply reads that the state Administrative Board has the authority to transfer money around within departments "unless otherwise provided by law," meaning a budget bill would block a transfer.

If Hernandez's Click to add MIRS Bill Hound HB 5176 is what Whitmer has in mind or can be amended to reflect what she has in mind (a possible sunset?), it could signal a significant breakthrough in the standoff between the two. Whitmer meets with House Speaker Lee CHATFIELD (R-Levering) and Senate Majority Leader Mike SHIRKEY (R-ClarkLake) Tuesday.
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Today's (Wednesday) noon press conference will be streamed live on the Michigan Heartbeat Coalition's Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/MIHeartbeat

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Shirkey, Chatfield Working With VNP On Term-Limit Expansion

Michigan's legislative leaders are working on a legislative term-limit expansion deal with Voters Not Politicians, the grassroots organization that brought the state the new redistricting commission, and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

The conceptual plan, which won't be finalized until December, would be that lawmakers could serve a combined 20 years in both the House and Senate before they would be broomed from office.

The length of the combined years is still flexible and would be based on what future polling looks like. As part of the arrangement, House Speaker Lee CHATFIELD (R-Levering) and Senate Majority Leader Mike SHIRKEY (R-Clarklake) would add other ethics reform measure into the mix that VNP members are passionate about.

Other questions on whether the expansion would include currently serving or past members also needs to be fleshed out. Legislative leaders are conscious about not wanting the proposal to appear to be self-serving, but they also don't to run into any legal problems of excluding a certain group of people from the expanded restriction.

Reforms VNP have been interested in pursuing include lame-duck reform, ending the "revolving door" of legislators becoming lobbyists and expanding the Freedom of Information Act to legislators and the executive branch.

"The Senate Majority Leader has a known interest in addressing the issue of term limits and the fact that they have been a failed experiment," said Shirkey spokesperson Amber McCANN. "He and the Speaker have found a willing partner in VNP. They have some reforms that they would like to pursue in conjunction with the issue of term limits changes. We have found some common ground and are moving forward with that consensus."

Shirkey and Chatfield briefed their respective legislative chambers on the development today.

"I have always prioritized greater government transparency, accountability and efficiency," Chatfield said. "I'm glad to be partnering with anyone who is willing to come to the table and work together on a real, responsible plan to make state government better for the people of Michigan."

Reached for comment, Michigan Chamber of Commerce President Rich STUDLEY told MIRS that, yes, there have been recent discussions with "traditional and non-traditional partners" as well as legislators about seeing what proposals the Legislature could enact to strengthen state government and transparency.

While there is no "agreement or proposal," just yet, Studley said the Chamber is open to discussions. The thinking is if those proposals are enacted, it might give the public more confidence and allow the door to be cracked on reforming term limits -- something Studley noted the Chamber has been discussing on and off for years.

In 1992, Michigan voters passed a constitutional amendment that limits Michigan residents to being elected to three two-year terms in the state House and two four-year terms in the state Senate.

A change to the Constitution would require a vote of the people. To put a term-limits amendment on the ballot, the Legislature could either pass a joint concurrent resolution with a two-thirds vote majority or VNP would need to collect 425,059 valid Michigan voter signatures within a six-month window.

To get the amendment on the Nov. 3, 2020 ballot, the signatures would need to be turned in by July 6, 2020.

Today's breakthrough is substantial. Former House Speaker Rick JOHNSON and former Senate Majority Leader Randy RICHARDVILLE are among the many state leaders who have talked about expanding the six-year limitation in the House and eight-year limitation in the Senate.

Each time, however, the proposal collapsed on its weight as internal polls showed any term-limits expansion effort would fail. According to Patrick ANDERSON, CEO of the Anderson Economic Group, who worked for the original term-limits proposal in 1992, the same would happen with this proposal if it ever got off the ground.

All the focus groups and polls in the world won't produce a "faux-populist," "pushmi-pullyu" proposal that would fool the voters, he said.

"The legislature, VNP and the Michigan Chamber all coming together. What could go wrong?" Anderson chuckled. "This is more like a concept for a game show than a plan for government. How are we going to explain this to our kids? And exactly who thought that keeping legislators in office for two decades was a plan for ‘transparency?’"

The efforts have continuously fallen apart amid poor polling data. Working with Voters Not Politicians, who successfully pushed through a petition drive in 2018 to create a new citizen redistricting commission, gives legislative leaders a popular ally to help make reforms.

VNP Executive Director Nancy WANG said earlier this summer that her members were putting together "good government, pro-democracy reforms" for a potential petition drive in 2020 or 2022. Reforming term limits -- either extending or eliminating them -- was among the ideas on the table (See "VNP 'Actively Looking' At Term Limits For Possible Ballot Drive," 7/12/19).

"Today, she said, Voters Not Politicians is committed to advancing reforms that will make our government more transparent and accountable to the people, including ending the revolving door, term limits, opening the Legislature and governor to FOIA, and ethics reforms all aimed at restoring Michigan voters’ faith in our state and democracy.

"We have spoken with many groups, including some lawmakers, who could move these reforms forward, and we will consider taking them to the ballot should that be necessary."

Fifteen states have legislative term limits and only Arkansas has terms as restrictive as Michigan's. California's term limits were modified in 2012 to a 12-year cumulative total, in either or both chambers.
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60% Tell State 'We Have Enough To Fix Roads'

Sixty percent of likely Michigan voters say the state has enough in its coffers to fix the roads while 30% agree with Gov. Gretchen WHITMER that a revenue increase is needed, according to a Denno Research poll released today.

The Governor has argued that $2.5 billion in additional annual revenue is needed to move the state's roads into good condition over a period of time.

The voters also were asked what one piece of advice they would give a graduating high school senior. The plurality picked the option that the young person should earn a certificate for a skilled trade. Another 28% said the teenager should go to a community college. Only 23% would urge the graduate to go to a four-year university.

A final 5% said the youngster should immediately enter the workforce with the possibility of going to school later.

On another question, 87% said they would encourage blue-collar jobs while 8% would discourage them.

This same poll, conducted in conjunction with Vanguard Public Affairs and Public Sector Consulting, showed U.S. Sen. Gary PETERS (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and Republican candidate John JAMES at 39.5% to 39.3% in a head-to-head matchup. In their last survey in May, Peters was up by 5 percentage points, 42% to 37%.

The Michigan voters also were asked to gauge how Gov. Gretchen WHITMER is doing on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best. A total of 26% gave her a 4 or 5. Another 33% gave her a 1 or 2.

President Donald TRUMP was given a 4 or 5 by 39% and a 1 or 2 by 45%.

In the Democratic presidential primary, former Vice President Joe BIDEN continued to lead among likely Democratic voters by 4 points over U.S. Sen. Elizabeth WARREN 27%-23%. U.S. Sen. Bernie SANDERS, who won the Democratic primary in 2016, comes in third at 12%. Tied at 4% are U.S. Sen. Kamala HARRIS and South Bend Mayor Pete BUTTIGIEG.
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State To Take Public Assistance Clients At Their Word On Assets

Starting next month, people can have more in the bank account and still be eligible for food and other public assistance, Gov. Gretchen WHITMER and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced today.

Whitmer, together with DHHS Director Robert GORDON at a press conference at the Greater Lansing Food Bank, announced $15,000 would be the asset limit for three assistance programs: food assistance, the family independence program and the state emergency relief program. The changes take effect Nov. 1.

DHHS also plans to switch from requiring applicants to document their assets to having them file a statement of their assets, essentially taking people at their word unless there's a reason to question them, Gordon said. That would bring Michigan in line with other states allowing people to self-report their assets, he said.

Currently, the asset limit on food assistance is $5,000. For the family independence program, it's $3,000. And for state emergency relief, it's $500, although DHHS noted it was $50 when Whitmer took office before bumping it up.

Both Whitmer and Gordon said Michigan's asset tests are among the strictest in the nation. According to the Governor's office, 34 states have no asset test for food assistance. Michigan is required by state law to have an asset test, but is allowed to dictate what that is.

The Food Bank Council of Michigan said the state will no longer be punishing the poor, "but now will help our working families and seniors, along with their children and grandchildren, build wealth rather than force them to spend their savings down to abject poverty levels before we would offer assistance."

The family independence program provides cash assistance to families with children, and the state emergency relief program provides immediate help to people facing conditions of extreme hardship or for emergencies threatening health and safety, according to the DHHS.

The requirements for lower income won't change for these programs -- food assistance and state emergency relief call for people to be making a certain amount below the federal poverty level -- but the policy change announced today allows people to have bigger bank accounts to qualify for assistance.

Gordon gave a few examples where the state would force a cash-strapped family to drain a savings account before receiving assistance under the current requirements. For instance, if a family were facing a $100 heating bill and had $150 in the bank, the state would've required the $150 be used first toward the bill.

"There's a long history of making it as hard as possible to get help from our agency," he said.

Also as part of the changes today, the state will not count vehicles toward the asset limit for the food assistance program. Gordon said it takes a lot of work to figure out the value of vehicles and that it slows down the process.

Gordon said he didn't fear an increase in fraud as a result of allowing people to self-report their assets, as there would still be some "back-end" investigation. He also said the DHHS can still request documents when they feel it's needed.

"Right now, if somebody wants to lie, they can lie . . . if you've got a million dollar account, we don't go looking," he said, adding later that many honest people will run around to verify what they have in their bank accounts.

"I think a better system is to say, that in general, for most people who are trying to do the right thing, we will take their word," Gordon said.

He said documentation would be required if people are reporting assets over $10,000, as well as in cases where people previously applied and were over the limit, and then came back and reapplied, "so then we think maybe they're not being honest," he said.

Gordon also said if President Donald TRUMP's administration gets its way on proposed changes to food assistance, what Michigan did to asset limits would snap back, as the federal proposal would take away states' abilities to adopt less restrictive asset limits. But Gordon is expecting those rule changes to take a while to process and could get mired in litigation, as well.

Gordon didn't have projections on how many more people would be eligible based on the new asset limits. He said the DHHS expected the biggest bump to come in the food assistance program, and that's entirely funded by the feds. In the other programs that do require some state funding, he's expecting only "meaningful but modest" increases in caseloads.

The Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) called the state's move "significant" in counteracting Michigan policymakers "perpetuating stereotypes and creating unnecessary barriers to services and basic needs for struggling residents," as the state's asset tests have made "it harder for residents and families to utilize benefits and outright punishing families for sound financial management and savings-building."

The Center for Civil Justice predicted the changes would result in less food insecure adults and children, as the state ranks as the 14th highest food insecure state and has more than 338,000 food-insecure children, according to a press release today.

And Progress Michigan said the asset limit change "will have a direct, positive impact in the lives of working people across Michigan."
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Murphy's Law,...wouldn't you know it!!!??? 1st vacation in 7 years and our studio back in Michigan lost power and needs me there to reset our computers, firewall and routers which I can't do until this weekend.

We are in Kentucky and my Engineers can't reset anything until I get back to manually turn off our security system and manually reset everything.

No Show today or tomorrow,...thanks for your understanding everyone!!! Please share and let everyone know. Thanks!!!
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A tribute to our truly Conservative Patriot Brother,...Norm Hughes.

"I guess it's not what you take when you leave this world behind you,...it's what you leave behind you when you go"!!!

May your family Norm, and We the People of the great State of Michigan take the time to listen to this song and know all the sacrifices you made for us to enrich our lives and our State.

Thank you, Brother, Rest in Peace with our Father in Heaven!!!

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Patriots,...CALL TO ACTION,...TODAY!!!

The Republicans in Lansing are screwing us again! They are getting ready to push through a re-packaged gas tax.

Just like they passed the last one in 2015, under Governor Rick Snyder.

Freshman State Rep. Jack O’Malley (the next Arlan Meekhof in training) is leading this new round of armed robbery against the unsuspecting taxpayer. O’Malley’s bills would be a nightmare that would create little swamps in every county around the state devising ways to defraud you out of your hard-earned cash!

We need to ring the phones of the transportation committee off the hook to defeat the following three bills that will ultimately lead to higher fuel taxes.

The three rotten bills are:

House Bill 4963 (HB4963), which would empower counties to make ballot initiatives to increase gas taxes.

House Bill 4964 (HB4964), which would empower counties to create ballot initiatives to hike vehicle registration fees.

House Bill 4972 (HB4972), which would allow state bureaucrats to increase license plate taxes for vehicles that get a lower miles-per-gallon rating. It would also permit Regional Transit Authorities to hike registration fees.

Call every member of the House Transportation Committee and demand that they reject HB4963, HB4964, and HB4972. If they are your state rep, tell them they will lose your vote if they approve these abominable bills.

Jack O’Malley (R) Committee Chair, 101st District –
(517) 373-0825
Gary Eisen (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 81st District –
(517) 373-1790
Triston Cole (R), 105th District – 517-373-0829
Jason Sheppard (R), 56th District – 517-373-2617
Julie Alexander (R), 64th District – (517) 373-1795
Joseph Bellino (R), 17th District – (517) 373-1530
Gary Howell (R), 82nd District – 517-373-1800
Lynn Afendoulis (R), 73rd District – (517) 373-0218
Tim Sneller (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 50 District – 517-373-3906
Cara Clemente (D), 14th District – 517-373-0140
Tenisha Yancey (D), 1st District – 517-373-0154
Jim Haadsma (D), 62nd District – 517-373-0555
Nate Shannon (D), 25th District – 517-373-2275

Call House Speaker Lee Chatfield at 517-373-2629 and tell him he must not move these bills forward to a House vote under any circumstances.

Also, give Reps. O’Malley, Howell and Afendoulis a brutal tongue-lashing for sponsoring some of these awful bills. Let them know we are taxed enough already, and this backdoor gas tax hike must not stand!

While you’re at it, call your state house rep and state senator and urge them to vote against HB4963, HB4964, and HB4972 as well. Tell them your vote for their re-election depends upon them opposing all gas tax hikes, whether they are these three bills or any other ones!

Please share my blog on RightMi.com via email, social media, and wherever else to get the word out about how to defeat this abomination.

Sincerely,
Shane Trejo
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Shirkey Warns Of 'Fractured' Relationship If Whitmer Rewrites Budgets

The state Supreme Court case was titled Dodak vs. Engler.

When the dust settled, then-Republican Gov. John ENGLER emerged with the power to use the state administrative board to move around money within the department budgets that legislative Democrats gave him and there was nothing they could do about it.

Senate Majority Leader Mike SHIRKEY (R-Clarklake) said he is fully aware that the current Governor can do the same thing. In fact, Shirkey confirmed he talked to Engler about this.

"She could rewrite those budgets using that power," he said. "She has the latitude to do that."

Don't just take his word for it. Attorney Steve LIEDEL took to Twitter on Tuesday to educate his followers on a 2009 Senate Fiscal Agency paper written by late Director Gary OLSON on this subject.

Gov. Gretchen WHITMER has not tipped her hand on whether she will go there, but Sen. Curtis HERTEL, Jr. (D-East Lansing) also confirmed this option, telling MIRS, "That's exactly what the constitution gives her the power to do."

In an interview inside his office today, the Senate leader reflected on the consequences of using that obscure power or as he put it, "pulling the string of the administrative board."

"I don't know if that would be the most prudent thing to do," he began.

"What would be imprudent about that?" he was asked.

"Because I think that would create other concerns within our negotiations going forward."

"Meaning what?"

"I'm going to leave that unaddressed in this interview," he deflected the inquiry.

But when pressed, he finished with this analysis, "The Legislature, at the end of the day, decides how to spend money so you can take that anywhere you want to (while adding) there is no interest in fragmenting or fracturing our relationship going forward. We have a lot of work to do for the next three years."

On the Governor's other budget options, he does not foresee a wholesale veto of entire budgets that could produce some departmental shutdowns.

"There is no reason for a government shutdown," he said and he's not anticipating that action from her. However on line item vetoes, "I would not be surprised," and if there are some, he said he promises to work with her to resolve their differences.

"If she vetoes a few items, we put them into a bucket that I call a future supplemental and we're back at the table negotiating again."

He promised that she would have all the budgets within the next 24 to 36 hours, which fails to meet her original request to have them two weeks before the Oct. 1 deadline.
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3rd hour discussion today, Wednesday 9-25-19;

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