Will the history books record the recent bipartisan action in La - FOX 35 News Orlando

Will the history books record the recent bipartisan action in Lansing?

Posted: Updated:
LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) - Historians may have to sort this out years down the road, but for whatever reason, the divided Michigan legislature and the GOP governor have hit a smooth patch of bi-partisanship not witnessed in recent years.

First there was the impressive array of Republicans and Democrats who joined hands to help Detroit retirees by passing the so-called Grand Bargain.  It would ship $195 million dollars to the bankrupt city.  As the votes went up, one observer whispered, “unbelievable.”  Unbelievable because this puppy was ripe for political exploitation during an election year, but most lawmakers rose above it to help the city not bash it.

Next, in less than twelve hours the same across the aisle cooperation resulted in a sizable boost in the state’s minimum wage.  Early in the day, there were not enough votes to raise the state flag, but by days end and after an extremely constructive meeting of the governor and the two GOP and two Democratic leaders, presto-change-o, the measure was adopted.

To be sure the House Republicans were motivated in large part because they didn't’t want this on the ballot when they run for re-election in November, but the Democrats don’t care; they got what they wanted for their workers now earning $7.40 and hour.  They’ll eventually get $9.25 by 2018.

Which brings us to what could be a record-breaking week beginning in the Michigan Senate.  Will the new spirit prevail?

The Grand Bargain is in that body where L. Brooks Patterson has called it the “Grand Shaft” because it does not protect his taxpayers in Oakland County. The governor made a head fate at reassuring those folks and those in Macomb County that they will actually save money.

 “The numbers are a stretch,” Mr. Patterson offered while leaving the door open to negotiations with his pal the governor.

Macomb County executive Mark Hackel noted it was not his job to worry about “blowing-up” the governor’s Detroit aid package.  His responsibility was to his taxpayers, too.

And after the senate weeds its way through that thicket, it may tackle the $1.5 billion for the road fix.

If at the end of the week when we meet here again, and all that stuff is done on a bi-partisan basis, this will have been, right before your very eyes, a truly historic week in this little state’s history.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • PoliticalMore>>

  • House panel: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

    House panel: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:13:19 GMT
    A House committee has determined that the government's auto safety agency should have discovered General Motors' faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the...
    The government's auto safety agency should have discovered General Motors' faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the deadly problem, a House committee majority...
  • Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

    Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:13:04 GMT
    President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism after more...
    The nation's top military leader told Congress on Tuesday that if President Barack Obama's expanded military campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails, he would recommend that the United States consider...
  • US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

    US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:12:52 GMT
    The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to...
    The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local...
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices