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53.3% say state has enough to fix roads; fiscal agency says $897 million is available
Jan. 29, 2020

A majority of likely voters in Michigan believe the state has enough money to fix the roads without imposing a new tax increase. That’s according to a recent survey commissioned by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and conducted Jan. 14 to 18. A majority of respondents — 53.3% — said there is enough money to fix roads without a tax hike, 33.7% said there isn’t, and 13% gave no response.

The head of the firm that conducted the poll disagreed.

“Michigan’s elected leaders continue to lose the PR battle on additional road funding. By a margin of 53%-33%, Michigan voters continue to believe that the state already has enough money to fix the roads as compared to needing additional revenues. As far back as 2012, we talked about how voters did not understand why Michigan needed more road money. And eight years later, voters still don’t understand why Michigan needs more money for roads,” said Richard Czuba, founder of Glengariff Group Inc., in a news release put out by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.

But voters’ intuition has some support from official budget projections.

The Senate Fiscal Agency estimates that the state will have $897 million in unspent dollars when the current fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, 2020. Lawmakers could decide at any time to use all or some of that money to pay for more roar repairs.

In addition, budget officials and analysts who convened earlier this month say that total state revenue in the 2020-21 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, could rise another $574 million above their last estimate.

In 2015, the Legislature increased vehicle registration taxes, effective 2017. That tax increase was projected to add at least $226 million to the state treasury in 2020.

The same legislative package included a motor fuel tax increase that was projected to bring in another $298 million for state transportation spending in 2020. Based on other recent state revenue increases generated by a growing state and national economy, the actual amounts are likely to be even higher.

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Variation appears the norm
By Tom Gantert, Feb. 8, 2020

 A recent Detroit Free Press story highlighted the focus on the Great Lakes in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s state budget plan for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

“Between the high water levels gobbling up beaches, roadways and homes along the Great Lakes ... the environment was sure to be a big-ticket item,” the Free Press reported.

The newspaper describes Whitmer’s proposal to spend $40 million on what the budget calls “Local Climate Resilient Infrastructure Grants” as a response to “the negative impacts of Michigan’s changing climate conditions.”

The Free Press adds that this is what has caused record high water levels.

Around the region, newspapers are reporting that water levels are high and are causing damage. Over the past six decades, regional newspapers have had a lot to stay about Great Lakes’ water levels. Here are some examples:

July 29, 1964

Alton Evening Telegraph (Alton, Illinois)
Headline: Great Lakes Water Levels Big Problem

“The conference was prompted by record low levels of the lakes which have been falling steadily since 1960 – due primarily to a lack of rainfall in the Great Lakes basin.”

May 21, 1975

Lansing State Journal
Headline: After 10 Years, Joint Lakes Study Incomplete

“When the IJC [International Joint Commission, US – Canada] study began nearly a decade ago, he noted, the Great Lakes were plagued by low-water levels and as it comes to a completion, high waters have become the chief concern.”

Dec 16, 1986

Petoskey News-Review
Headline: High Water May Be The Norm, Not Exception

“We would all do better to learn a lesson from this increasing tide, a lesson teaching that Mother Nature is consistently inconsistent. Today’s extreme may be tomorrow’s norm and the reverse is certainly true, also.”

Jan. 26, 1987

News Herald (Port Clinton, Ohio)
Headline: Michigan Wants Lake Level Controls

“All the Great Lakes are either at or near their highest levels on record, with erosion and flooding causing millions of dollars in damage to coastal properties and erasing huge sections of the shoreline.”

“The Great Lakes began reaching record highs in 1984, with the rising levels blamed on a 15-year period of unusually high precipitation in the Great Lakes basin.”

April 11, 1996

The Windsor Star (Windsor, Ontario, Canada)
Headline: Great Lakes Water Levels Continue 10-Year Decline

“Water levels in the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair have declined steadily over the last decade, Environment Canada statistics indicate.”

May 17, 2000

Battle Creek Enquirer
Headline: Great Lakes Water Levels Drop To Record Low

“What makes the dropoff particularly remarkable is that it comes only three years after lake levels reached near-record highs. Then, beaches and even houses were swept away.”

July 19, 2009

The Dispatch (Moline, Illinois)
Headline: Great Lakes Water Levels Rebound After Long Slump

“During the mid-1980s, levels got so high that houses, businesses and even sections of roads were swept away along Lake Michigan’s southeastern shoreline.

Then a sudden deep dropoff began in the late 1990s. ... But if grim computer modeling proves accurate, global warming will cause the lakes to recede up to 3 feet this century.

“‘Climate projections say the lakes will go up and down around a decreasing average,’ said Don Scavia, director of the University of Michigan’s Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute. ‘The lows will be lower than in the past and the highs will be lower than in the past.’”

Oct. 13, 2019

The Times Herald
Headline: Great Lakes Water Levels Could Be Even Higher In 2020

“It appears 2020 won’t bring relief from high Great Lakes water levels – and they could be even higher than this past record-shattering spring and summer.”

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The Sunrise Side Republican Women's Club holds monthly meetings on the 4th Monday of the month.  The location and speaker will be announced for each meeting.  Unless otherwise stated, the lunch will be at 11:30 a.m.

The officers are: Linda Glomski, President, 739-7170, Jane Hayward, Vice President, 739-3126, Sonia Glass, Secretary, 739-9731, and Rachel McCready Treasurer, 362-2337.

Don't forget, dues were due in January, they remain the same at $20. You can send dues and correspondence to SSRWC P.O. Box 234 Tawas City, MI 48764.  

The next meeting will be April, 27, 2020.  Have a great winter.

The public is welcome and invited.


Official Call to the Iosco County Convention. There shall be a meeting of the duly elected Precinct Delegates and the At-Large Delegates to the County Convention at 7:00pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Maureen Rudel's home at 910 East Bay St., East Tawas, MI 48730. 

The purpose of this meeting shall be to elect Delegates and Alternates to the April 24, 2020 and April 25, 2020 State Convention to be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in the City of Novi. The purpose of the State Convention is as follows:

1. Receiving reports of the election in the fourteen (14) congressional district caucuses of:
• 42 National Convention Delegates (3 per congressional district)
• 42 National Convention alternate delegates (3 per congressional district)
• 14 Convention Vice Chairs (1 per congressional district) • 14 Assistant Secretaries (1per congressional district)

2. The Election of:
• Electing ten (10) National Convention at-large delegates and electing ten (10) National Convention at-large alternates
• Electing one (1) at-large delegate and one (1) at-large alternate delegate for each of the following public officials elected in the 2018 election:
-A Republican Governor
-Membership in the Republican Party of at least one-half (1/2) of the representatives representing Michigan in the United States House of Representatives
-Membership in the Republican Party of a majority of the members of any chambers of the state legislature
-Membership in the Republican Party of a majority of the members of all chambers of the state legislature
-Each Republican U.S. Senator
-Electing fifteen (15) delegates and fifteen (15) alternates based on the criteria that Michigan cast its electoral votes, or a majority thereof, in 2016 for the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the last preceding election
• Election of a National Committeeman and National Committeewoman

3. Transacting other such business as may properly come before the State Convention.

Precinct delegates and certain at-large delegates given the preference under Rule 9 of the Convention Rules, but who do not attend the County Convention, must notify the chair of the County Executive Committee David Chandler or Maureen Rudel in writing (the “Notification”) of the person’s intention to become a delegate or alternate delegate to the state convention. The notification can be in any written form, including by letter or email, and must be received by the Chair of the County Executive Committee (or designee) by no later than the start of the County Convention. Failure to provide the notification as provided herein shall mean that the person shall not be given the preference under Rule 9 of the Convention Rules. It is not necessary to send a notification if a person attends the County Convention.

Only Precinct Delegates elected at the August 7, 2018 Primary Election and those precinct delegates elected to permanently fill vacancies at all subsequent county conventions, the most recent Republican nominees for County and State Legislative offices, incumbent members of Michigan Legislative offices, the Michigan Congressional Delegation, the Republican National Committeeman and National Committeewoman from Michigan and Michigan Republican Party Officers (see Rule 5B) where such person resides in the county in question will be seated and considered eligible to vote at this convention.

David Chandler Chairman
Iosco County Republican Executive Committee
Iosco County Republicans

MEETING -- Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (After the conclusion of the Convention)
Maureen Rudel's Home, 910 E. Bay St. -- East Tawas

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

Approval of Agenda

Approval of Minutes

Treasurer's Report

Chairman's Report

Vice-Chair's Report


Committee Reports

A. Membership Committee Report
B. County Commissioners Report

Old Business

A. Sunrise Side Republican Women's Club
B. Presidential Primary -- March 10, 2020
C. Precinct Delegates

New Business

A. State Party Update
B. 5th District Update
C. E-mail and Correspondence
D. County & State Conventions
E.  Lincoln/Reagan Dinner
F.  Iosco County Family Fun Fair-Oscoda


All Republicans are welcome to attend and contribute their thoughts to our discussions.

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US House switchboard: 202-225-3121


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