2011

Michigan Voters Show “No Love” for a Mandatory

State Government-Run Health Plan

 

 

LANSING - Michigan voters by a wide margin of 56 percent to 30 percent oppose a mandatory state government-run public employee health insurance plan according to a recent statewide survey conducted by Marketing Resource Group (MRG).

 

The survey of 600 likely voters was conducted from January 24-27 on behalf of Citizens for Accountability in Reform. The survey has an error margin of + 4 percent.

 

Voters show no affection for a proposal that would create a mandatory public employee state-government run health plan; similar to ex-Speaker Dillon’s plan in House Bill 5345 of 2009. Of voters who are opposed, 40 percent said they were “strongly” opposed after hearing arguments both for and against the legislation (only 18 percent “strongly” favor the measure). Self described Republicans and Ticket Splitters were especially cool to a resurrected Dillon plan. Among Republicans, 63 percent are opposed and 56 percent of Ticket Splitters are opposed.

 

“As we have seen in previous polls, voters continue to oppose a plan to create a government-run health plan for public employees. Weighing heaviest on their minds is the financial risk and potential cost to taxpayers, local governments and school districts, “ said Paul King, Director of Research Services at MRG. “Additionally, perceptions of the so-called Obamacare plan seem to be driving voter opposition against this proposal.”


2011 CARL PARSELL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

Taylor DeBottis

Taylor DeBottis was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Taylor lives with her mother, Deanna and Father, Patrick in Howell. Patrick is a member of the Hamburg Township Police Department and belongs to MAP. Taylor graduated from Howell High School with a 3.7 grade point average, and will be attending Saginaw Valley State University and plans to major in Criminal Justice.

Some of the community projects she has been involved with include organizing a team for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life; a Salvation Army bell ringer; and being an umpire in the Howell Area Junior Baseball and Softball Association. Taylor has completed the Michigan State Police Teenage Driving Program and also received an American Red Cross Life Saving Award for her actions in giving emergency first aid. She also has numerous other accomplishments, in fact so many that it would be difficult to list them all.

While an accomplished team player, she is a strong willed, independent thinker. An experienced model for Meijer and Fashion Bug stores, Taylor currently works as a hostess at the Zukey Lake Tavern and is also a Home Health Care Provider for Alzheimer patients.


Emily Patterson

Emily Patterson lives in Novi with her mother, Kathleen, and her father Ian, who is a Fire Fighter with the Novi Fire Department and a member of MAFF. She graduated from Novi High School with a 4.0 grade point average and will be attending Michigan State University. Emily has received numerous academic awards, including an Academic Letter and an Academic Bar. Her extra-curricular activities include Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, leading the Humanities Study Group for Quiz Bowl competition, and serving as President of the International Club.

She has been actively involved with the Girl Scouts for 12 years, and is a Swim Instructor, teaching individuals from ages 3 – 12 how to swim at the Sports Club of Novi.


Jason McArt

Jason McArt of Gaylord, Michigan, lives with his father, Thomas, and his mother Dana who works for the Otsego County Friend of the Court, and is a member of MAPE. Jason graduated from Gaylord High School with a 3.85 grade point average and was active in basketball and was Captain of the soccer team for four years. Jason belongs to the National Honor Society and is a math tutor.

Jason has worked at the Call of the Wild / Bavarian Falls Park for four years. He is also a Lay Assistant at the First United Methodist Church; coached third – sixth grade basketball; and has worked at youth summer basketball and soccer camps.

Jason plans on attending either Alma College or Central Michigan University, majoring in either Broadcasting or Secondary Education, with the goal of becoming a math teacher.


Jordan Martin

Jordan Martin lives with his stepfather Brian Medbury and his mother Aimee Medbury in Hartland. Jordan’s mother is a police officer with the Green Oak Township Police Department, and is a member of MAP. Jordan carried a 3.0 grade point average at Hartland High School.

Jordan played football for four years, was the 2010 team Captain, and named to the All County Football Team. He also played Lacrosse for four years. He has been actively involved in his community as a volunteer for the Hartland Area Youth Athletic Association; participated in the Relay for Life to fight breast cancer; was the 2010 Powder Puff football coach; and was chosen to be a Guest Reader by elementary students and a person they could look up to as a role model. He is also involved with recycling in his community; and with the Boy Scouts.

Jordan works at Fiesta Restaurant in Hartland and will be studying Sports Management at Sienna Heights University. Jordan will also be receiving football and academic scholarships from the University upon his successful graduation.

 

 

October 19, 2011

Dear Valued Customer:

I am writing to inform you that the Michigan Legislature has approved a new 1 percent tax to be applied to certain Michigan health insurance claims beginning January 1, 2012. Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bill into law on September 20, 2011.

The new 1 percent tax will replace the current 6 percent use tax applied to Medicaid managed care plan services and will be used to support Michigan's Medicaid program. It also ensures that Michigan continues to receive funds from the federal government for its Medicaid program. Tile tax applies to self-funded health care plans and health insurance carriers operating in Michigan, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network.

I know you have questions about the claims tax and how it will be paid. The enclosed FAQ will give you some preliminary information. We will update the FAQ as more information becomes available and post it online. The information will be available at bcbsm.com on Oct. 26. To access the FAQ, log in to Group Secured Services and click on Michigan Claims Tax under What's New, News & Notes.

In the meantime, please contact your Blues sales representative or contracted agent if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Ken Dallafior
Senior vice president Group Business and Corporate Marketing

The summary and FAQ are provided for information purposes only. They should not be considered legal advice or relied upon as such. You should consult your legal counsel and the underlying laws and regulations in order to gain a full understanding of the law.

To view Frequently Asked Questions on Michigan's 1 percent claims tax, click here for PDF.

TESTIMONY

House Bill 4205

HOUSE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

February 23, 2011

Thank you, Chairman Stamas and committee members.

My name is Richard Weiler, President of the Michigan Association of Police Organizations. I can be reached at 248-524-3200.

This will serve as our testimony regarding House Bill 4205, legislation to repeal P A 312.

The Michigan Association of Police Organizations is the largest statewide organization of certified law enforcement officers in Michigan. Our membership consists of the following groups:

Detroit Police Officers Association Detroit Police Lieutenants and Sergeants Warren Police Officers Association Police Officers Labor Council

Michigan Association of Police

Michigan State Police Troopers Association

Michigan State Police Command Officers Association Grand Rapids Police Officers Association

On behalf of the membership of MAPO, we wish to share our unequivocal opposition to the outright elimination of binding arbitration for Michigan's police officers and firefighters.

February 8, 2011, Introduced by Reps. Haveman, Moss, Bumstead, Opsommer, McMillin, Price, Lund, Lori and Yonker and referred to the Committee on Government Operations.

 

 

A bill to amend 1945 PA 327, entitled "Aeronautics code of the state of Michigan," by amending section 119 (MCL 259.119), as added by 2002 PA 90.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 119. (1) For employees who elect to transfer to the authority under subsection (2) and who are covered by the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with the local government that owns an airport over which operational jurisdiction will be transferred, the authority shall assume and be bound by those existing collective bargaining agreements for the remainder of the term of the agreement. A representative of the employees or a group of employees in the local government who represents or is entitled to represent the employees or a group of employees of the local government, pursuant to 1947 PA 336, MCL 423.201 to 423.217, shall