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E-M:/ one legislator's take on the bond

Enviro-Mich message from Dave Dempsey <davemec@voyager.net>

Rep. Greg Kaza, a Rochester Hills Republican who voted in favor of clean
water amendments to the environmental bond proposal this week, had
interesting things to say Thursday about the proposed "brownfield
redevelopment" funding in the same legislation.  Below are excerpts from
his floor speech:

"Mr. Speaker and members of the House:
The Lansing bureaucrats who designed the government bond proposal before us
today are attempting to use central planning and industrial policy -- which
has failed, in the long run, anywhere in the world where it has been used
-- to pick economic winners and losers via the bond market.

"These bureaucrats, who operate the state Department of Corporate Welfare
(so-called 'Jobs Commission'), have done little in seven and a half years
to address conservation issues in the Great Lakes state of Michigan.  At
the same time, the Department of Corporate Welfare has demonstrated a
willingness;  indeed, an eagerness to reward a small group of individuals
who make large campaign contributions to political campaigns using tax
dollars;  in this instance, via the bond market...

"The Department of Corporate Welfare did not design an environmental bond
issue.  They created a bond issue designed to coerce taxpayers into paying
for the cleanup of industrial properties they wish to develop. The small
group of individuals who make large campaign contributions to political
campaigns reap the rewards under this scam at the expense of decent,
hard-working middle class families who no longer are able to even enjoy a
day of relaxation at polluted Metro Beach.

"The Department of Corporate Welfare has not designed an environmental bond
issue.  Their lack of sincerity was readily apparent yesterday when their
proponents -- professional government lobbyists whose salaries are paid for
by taxpayers -- fought those of us who decided to address Metro Beach and
the large issue of Combined Sewer Overflows into Lake St. Clair.

"The Lansing bureaucrats lost yesterday;  and we won because the people of
Michigan, especially those in suburban Detroit, do not support corporate
welfare giveaways via the bond market at a time when Lake St. Clair is
unusable and the very question of the safety of Detroit's water supply now
appears on the horizon."
Dave Dempsey
Policy Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
Lansing, MI 48912

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