The Coalition to Stop the K-16 Spending Mandate, a growing alliance of over 35 taxpayer, local government, law enforcement, and healthcare organizations, today applauded the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan for withdrawing from the K-16 Coalition for Michigan's Future.
"We commend the Presidents Council for withdrawing their support of the K-16 guaranteed spending mandate," said Chief Ervin Portis, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. "We agree with Presidents Council Executive Director Mike Boulus that ballot proposals that threaten the general fund are a bad idea."
Earlier this week, the Presidents Council told Gongwer News Service that they were pulling out of the K-16 Coalition for Michigan's Future.
"This sends a clear message that the state universities agree accountability is important," said Tricia Kinley, Director of Tax Policy and Economic Development for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Coalition to Stop the K-16 Spending Mandate. "What isn't clear is where the Michigan Community College Association stands on the proposal," Kinley noted. "Their representatives have indicated they are a member of the spending coalition ... but remain neutral on the proposal.
"Proponents might want to consider renaming their coalition the K-12 and Community College Coalition for Michigan's Future," remarked Kinley.
"Now that the Presidents Council has withdrawn from the K-16 spending coalition, they are eligible to join our Coalition to Stop the K-16 Spending Mandate, a growing body of individuals and organizations who also believe in accountability and the legislative process," said Portis.
For more information on the K-16 spending proposal, visit the Web site of the Coalition to Stop the K-16 Spending Mandate at http://www.stopthespendingmandate.com/ .
MEMBERS OF THE COALITION TO STOP THE K-16 SPENDING MANDATE (AS OF 4/19/06) Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce Brandt Coultas, (734) 214-0101 Conference of Western Wayne Helen Foster, (734) 953-8834 Concerned Taxpayers Group of Livingston County Bill Johnston, (517) 546-4642 Detroit Regional Chamber Sarah Hubbard, (517) 372-2278 Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Jared Rodriguez, (616) 771-0359 Health Care Association of Michigan Kim Ringlever, (517) 627-1561 Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce Marty Dodge, (269) 381-4000 Life Insurance Association of Michigan Larry Kish, (517) 482-7058 Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Chief Ervin Portis (517) 788-4127 MI Assoc of Community Mental Health Boards Scott Dzurka, (517) 374-6848 Michigan Association of Counties Tom Hickson, (517) 372-5374 Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs Dan Hagen, (989) 213-6641 Michigan Association of Health Plans Christine Shearer, (517) 371-3181 Michigan Association of Home Builders Dawn Crandall, (517) 322-0224 Michigan Association for Local Public Health Mark Bertler, 485-0660 Michigan Association of REALTORS ® Bill Martin, (517) 372-8890 Michigan Business & Professional Association Bonnie Bochniak, (517) 374-9128 Michigan Chamber of Commerce Tricia Kinley, (517) 371-7669 The Michigan Food & Beverage Association Bonnie Bochniak, (517) 374-9128 Michigan Grocers Association Linda Gobler, (517) 372-6800 Michigan Health & Hospital Association David Finkbeiner, (517) 703-8601 Michigan Licensed Beverage Association Lance Binoniemi, (517) 374-9611 Michigan Catholic Conference Paul Long, (517) 372-9310 Michigan Distributors And Vendors Association Polly Reber, (517) 372-2323 Michigan Municipal League Arnold Weinfeld, (517) 485-1314 Michigan Oil And Gas Association Frank Mortl, (517) 487-1092 Michigan Osteopathic Association Doug Borruso, (517) 347-1555 Michigan Railroads Association Robert Chaprnka, 482-9413 Michigan Restaurant Association Andy Deloney, (517) 377-3931 Michigan Retailers Association Eric Rule, (517) 372-5656 Michigan Soft Drink Association Bill Lobenherz, (517) 371-4499 Michigan Townships Association David Bertram, (517) 321-6467 Midland Area Chamber of Commerce Sid Allen, (989) 839-9522 Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce Fran Toney, (734) 453-1540 Police Officers Association of Michigan Ken Grabowksi, (313) 937-9000 Prosecuting Attorney's Association of Michigan KC Steckelberg, 334-6060 Small Business Association of Michigan Paul Bukowski, (517) 482-8788 Wayne County Taxpayers Association Rose Bogaert, (313) 278-8383
Paid for by the Coalition to Stop the K-16 Spending Mandate with regulated funds, 600 S. Walnut St., Lansing, MI 48933. Contributions not eligible for charitable deductions on federal tax returns.
SOURCE: Coalition to Stop the K-16 Spending Mandate
CONTACT: Betty McNerney of Michigan Chamber of Commerce,