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2003 Senate Bill 824 (Senate Roll Call 214)
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Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 1, 2004.
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The vote was 38 in favor, 0 against, and 0 not voting.
(Senate Roll Call 214 at Senate Journal 35)

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22 total votes
Democrat
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16 total votes
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IN FAVOR

SENATE DEMOCRATS

Barcia (D)Basham (D)Bernero (D)Brater (D)Cherry (D)
Clark-Coleman (D)Clarke (D)Emerson (D)Jacobs (D)Leland (D)
Olshove (D)Prusi (D)Schauer (D)Scott (D)Switalski (D)
Thomas (D)    

SENATE REPUBLICANS

Allen (R)Birkholz (R)Bishop (R)Brown (R)Cassis (R)
Cropsey (R)Garcia (R)George (R)Gilbert (R)Goschka (R)
Hammerstrom (R)Hardiman (R)Jelinek (R)Johnson (R)Kuipers (R)
McManus (R)Patterson (R)Sanborn (R)Sikkema (R)Stamas (R)
Toy (R)Van Woerkom (R)   


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SENATE DEMOCRATS
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SENATE REPUBLICANS
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SENATE LEGISLATORS ALL VOTES

Y    Allen (R)Y    Barcia (D)Y    Basham (D)Y    Bernero (D)Y    Birkholz (R)
Y    Bishop (R)Y    Brater (D)Y    Brown (R)Y    Cassis (R)Y    Cherry (D)
Y    Clark-Coleman (D)Y    Clarke (D)Y    Cropsey (R)Y    Emerson (D)Y    Garcia (R)
Y    George (R)Y    Gilbert (R)Y    Goschka (R)Y    Hammerstrom (R)Y    Hardiman (R)
Y    Jacobs (D)Y    Jelinek (R)Y    Johnson (R)Y    Kuipers (R)Y    Leland (D)
Y    McManus (R)Y    Olshove (D)Y    Patterson (R)Y    Prusi (D)Y    Sanborn (R)
Y    Schauer (D)Y    Scott (D)Y    Sikkema (R)Y    Stamas (R)Y    Switalski (D)
Y    Thomas (D)Y    Toy (R)Y    Van Woerkom (R)  

Senate Roll Call 214 on 2003 Senate Bill 824

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Comments

Yeah, right!  by Anonymous Citizen on March 4, 2004 
A lot of good programs such as this one did for the soon-to-be former AB Electrolux employees.

Government should NOT be in the business of picking the winners and losers in the private sector.

This program should be abolished and the monies already budgeted towards it rolled back into the general fund where they can do more good.

MEGA LOTTERY  by Anonymous Citizen on March 4, 2004 
Win! Win! Win! Sign up for your MEGA credit here. Get rich!

If you are a corporation wanting to expand in Michigan, you may already be a winner!

Just fill out forms showing that you might have gone to another state, and MEDC will make sure you get MEGA tax credits and property tax abatements. Just pretend that the MEDC is responsible for bringing or keeping you here, and the endless wallets of Michigan taxpayers can be yours!!!

You can promise new jobs and not deliver! KMart and Aspen Bay did. We don't care -- it's not like it's our $37,000,000! We only take little amounts from all Michigan taxpayers, and they never notice!

But hurry and sign up today. We were going to expire, but now we are only wasting, er, investing in companies through 2009. Get yours now before it's all gone.

They just don't get it, do they?  by MCP-001 on November 15, 2003 
Despite the very articulate response by Senator Schauer, he (and judging by the rest of the recent vote, the rest of the Michigan Senate) still fails to grasp the inherent problem with programs such as these: It is not a function of government to, in effect, assume a role of central planners in Michigan’s economy.

This bill is putting Michigan on a slippery slope, which according to history will only ruin the state’s economy in the long term.

This bill should be voted down when it comes back from the House for final ratification, the agencies covered under this bill should be closed and their budgets returned to the General Fund so that they cannot be used to implement another similar program.

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