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Re: E-M:/ New property rights group-Midland

It warms my heart to see that there are well-heeled astroturf "citizens groups" like CIVPRO to keep down-on-their-luck ex-legislators like Jack Hoogendyk off the dole and "gainfully" employed. Perhaps the next article can be done by someone interested in doing more than just an extended press release for Jack and CIVPRO. Good questions might include "Who's funding your group and your position Jack?" or "Since you claim to support protecting the environment, name some environmental legislation or efforts that your group has supported." I'll be interested to see if Jack shows any interest in dealing with the mess in his own community, Texas Township, done by someone who thought that their private property rights included the right to bury toxic waste in their backyard. 



Andrew Mutch

From: Kathy & Gary Henry <gehenry@chartermi.net>
To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 2:41:56 PM
Subject: E-M:/ New property rights group-Midland

Midland-based property rights group chooses Hoogendyk as its first executive director
     Publication of wetlands inventory maps by the state Department of Environmental Quality in 2007 got people talking "about where our state regulatory environment was heading" and led to CIVPRO's formation, Walker said.

     The prepared statement Hoogendyk issued Monday describes CIVPRO as an organization of interested or concerned individuals, businesses, industries and the public at large.

    The CIVPRO brochure says the organization's purposes are promotion of Michigan economic growth and reasonable regulatory processes which protect the environment but eliminate government abuse; influencing and supporting legislation which protects property owners and encourages business expansion; and being a voice for property owners, large and small, when their property is diminished or deemed unusable as a result of a regulatory taking.