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Re: E-M:/ Reponse to earlier media release

It didn't limit the ability to fine, it required that the administrative rules of the DEQ be approved by the legislators. That's how it aided the polluters. It's the Republican legislature that doesn't want checks and balances on them, but rather is attempting to remove all power from the governor now that we have one that's not anti-environment. They are out of control and we should vote every single one of them out of office in November.
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Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2004 10:51 AM
Subject: E-M:/ Reponse to earlier media release

The following is the response is to the Clean Water Action media release and letter sent to State Senator Sikkema, signed by the 40 groups.  This is how another forum supports their Republican pollution cohorts.

From the forum:
quote:. "Political agendas pale in comparison to our need for clean water for drinking, swimming and fishing."

No really. Now for the political spin.
quote:The rider would limit the ability of the MDEQ to do its job overseeing polluters.

No! It would limit their ability to set the fine for said polluter.
quote:." Legislative leaders want to place limitations on Governor Granholm and her administration that would make it more difficult to protect our water.

Waite! Heaven forbid the governor and her administration have CHECKS AND BALANCES ON THEM!

Definition of Republic = a state or nation in which the supreme power rests in all the citizens entitled to vote and is exersized by representatives elected, directly or indirectly, by them and responsible to them.

Note the definition is plural not singular. Not one elected governor and their appointed administration.
quote:The rider would limit the ability of the MDEQ to do its job overseeing polluters. "To protect our waterways, the Governor has no choice but to veto this bill," said Cyndi Roper of Clean Water Action.

Note who is vetoing the bill!
quote:"Clean water is the bottom line here," said Lana Pollack of Michigan Environmental Council.

quote:Your caucus' insistence to include a provision regarding rulemaking authority is an unnecessary

Waite! I thought the clean water was the bottom line not authority.
quote:The bill would have charged polluters user fees and used that money to help regulate waste flow into the Great Lakes. But, Senator Sikkema and other legislative leaders added a rider that poisoned the bill.

Note the blame on the legislators and past tense of the bill. And the bill was poisoned how? Because the MDEQ cant set the fees.
Remind me again what is the most important thing here. Oh yea its the clean water. I think the Democrats forgot.
quote:This could mean a costly federal takeover of the program that would be bad for businesses and the environment.

WOW! I am not even going to go there. Feel lucky.
quote:Lawmakers tell us they want clean water and to lessen government red tape. Then they add unnecessary requirements designed to aid polluting facilities

Not once did they show how the legislator is aiding polluting facilities.

I fail to see any evidence or facts that show any reason beyond the usual politics for the veto. Three times including Granholmes own admision the veto's reason is because of the legislators wanting to have control over the fines. The sad thing here is how opinions and innuendos can be slanted to appear as facts. That is dangerous.