Welcome to The Home of Labor Freedom
This is not just a great conference—this is a partnership and investment in the fight for less government, lower taxes, more Liberty! Please register TODAY so we can plan materials and provisions. Friday VIP reception $ 125 includes Saturday all day event; $49 all day Saturday with breakfast and lunch; $15 Youth. Register for MiCPAC, by mail (see form on attachment) or on line at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mcus-micpac-michigan-conservative-political-action-conference-freedom-summit-tickets-20644009789?aff=eac2
You are Invited! This Friday and Saturday! We write to invite you to attend an awesome program Saturday 2/27/2016 in Holt, Michigan (just south of Lansing).
If you have already registered, please pass this on to a friend. Bring a car load! If you want to come in the night before we have a MiCPAC block of discounted rooms at Causeway Bay-Lansing Hotel
Each year Michigan's top Conservative activist leaders assemble to network, learn, plan and strategize. The event is called MiCPAC (Michigan Conservative Political Action Conference). This is for people fed up with oppressive and unresponsive governments who want to do something positive about it!
MCU (Michigan Conservative Union) and MiCPAC get thing done! Hot topics at MiCPAC this year (agenda below):
THIS YEAR WE ENCOURAGE YOUTH TO ATTEND - TEENS, HOME SCHOOLERS AND COLLEGE STUDENTS.
- Revive Michigan and America! 70% of christians do not bother to vote. If only 10% more do, we have a majority! A new faith Revival is happening - how it will change Michigan and America and how can we help with Dr. Mark Beliles from Virginia plus additional faith leaders Rev. Sylvester Bland from California, Professor William Wagner of Salt & Light Global and Ken Den Hollander of Christian Coalition.
- Public education sucks - we will find solutions - report from Education Task Force Phase III and launch of Phase IV plus an awesome panel of legislators and others
- Defend the Constitution being attacked in Michigan's legislature and across the Country with Janine Hansen of Eagle Forum
- Defend Property Rights being eroded in plain site with urgent information from Tom DeWeese, author and President of American Policy Center
- Great Leadership - Marine 3-star (LtGen ret.) Jack Bergman will inspire us to identify, target, prepare, and win!
- We will be inspired by Vice President Becky Norton Dunlop of Heritage Foundation and as we hear of successes and challenges in the conservative movement
- We have Nationally known Indiana state tea party leader Emery McClendon who can fire up an audience
- We will learn what is happening in this raucous market and Why It Didn't Have to Be This Way by economics professor and author Dr. Harry Veryser.
- We will hear from some presidential campaigns and have a poll for president plus your recommendations on conservative priorities and key issues.
- We will discuss part time legislature, term limits and prevailing wage repeal, and MORE.
- Come and network, learn, be heard and help us plan to advance the conservative cause for less government, lower taxes, traditional values and founding principles.
It was at MiCPAC in 2011 that leaders decided we had the perfect storm that would allow passage of Freedom To Work. We set up a task force that grew to 218 groups with more than 70,000 members. The bills were signed into law December 11, 2012. WE GET THINGS DONE!
MiCPAC's Education Task Force will launch Phase IV at MiCPAC2016. In the first three phases we evaluated immediate problems with Michigan's public schools, worked to pass a number of key laws to address these problems (like teacher tenure reform and requiring union to collect their own dues and PAC money), and we developed a very impressive study on the (lousy) Return On Investment that Melanie Kurdys (Stop Common Core in Michigan) and I will present. Michigan now spends about $14,000 per student. The enrollment is losing thousands of students year after year year but spending has rocketed about $ 1.4 Billion more over the last five years, and quality has flat-lined. We have 118 non-teachers for every 100 teachers. Exposing the myths of this sacred cash cow will create the political environment that will insist on positive change. Together we will lead that fight!
We will also receive a report from professors at Hillsdale College on the education establishment, why it prohibits improvements in student learning, and steps that can be taken. We will hear Sen. Pat Colbeck's analysis and proposed legislation, and Rep. Gary Glenn's plans to repeal Common Core and install better PROVEN standards. We will hear from Pasquale Bettaglia about the approval of Michigan's first classical academy, the struggles and the strings attached. We will get a report from Michigan School Board member Dr. Richard Zeile and his recommendations for more school choice (and competition). And we will charge Phase IV with studying laws that are impediments to better education, recommend elimination or changes in certification of teachers and ways to make public education accountable and of significantly higher quality. If you wish to serve on the Task Force or support it, we strongly recommend you attend and get briefed on this very important information!
We sense a new Revival in America that we expect to move in Michigan. Dr. Franklin Graham will be here in October. Dr. Mark Beliles, head of the America Transformation Company, a prominant evangelical leader who has spoken across the World and written several books, offers a plan to recruit, vet, train and motivate leaders of faith to restore founding principles and Revive America. We will follow with Michigan statewide faith leaders including Keith Den Hollander of Christian Coalition, Frofessor William Wagner of Salt and Light Global and others. Bring your pastor or church staff!
At MiCPAC2016 we will launch a Property Rights Task Force. Across the Country, our State, counties, cities and even in our townships, planners and bureaucrats are taking away our rights. Some of it is Agenda 21, the radical environment movement, bureaucrats and professional planners conspiring for more control and fees, even neighbors who get on a plan commission and let the power go to their heads. In Michigan just a couple weeks ago they amended farm regulations to try to eliminate small family farms. National expert Tom DeWeese of America Policy Center has the pulse of what is happening, what is working across the country to beat this back, and will brief and inspire us to work together to protect our rights.
Below is how we have blocked out the agenda for MiCPAC 2/27/2106. It is HUGE, awesome, inspiring, wise. The MOVEMENT must forge ahead, We (and the next generations) NEED YOU to step up and attend!
Those us you used to paying $65 or more for a three hour political dinner or fund raiser will find this a real (Conservative) bargain! The conference includes a continental breakfast and banquet lunch. THE ALL-DAY SATURDAY TICKET IS MERELY $49, AND WE HAVE YOUTH TICKETS AT $15. If that is a problem email me what you can afford. FOR THOSE WANTING TO FINANCIALLY BOOST THE MOVEMENT WE HAVE A VIP RECEPTION FRIDAY NIGHT WITH MOST OF THE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AND MCU STATE LEADERS AT $125. It is a great way to get to know them better.
This is not just a great conference—this is a partnership and investment in the fight for less government, lower taxes, more Liberty! Please register TODAY so we can plan materials and provisions. Register for MiCPAC, by mail (see form on attachment) or on line at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mcus-micpac-michigan-conservative-political-action-conference-freedom-summit-tickets-20644009789?aff=eac2
There are still a few sponsorships, display tables and program advertising space available but time is getting short. Email me if you want more information or read the information on the Eventbrite site.
Draft Agenda (subject to change; we reserve the right to limit or restrict attendance for safety and program purposes)
8-9:00 AM Registration and continental breakfast
9:00 AM opening, prayer, pledge, acknowledgements, State of The Michigan Conservative Movement;
possible presidential presentation(s) sandwiched in where possible.
9:20 AM Republican Political trends Lt. Col (ret.) David Agema
9:35 AMLeadership - LtGen (ret.) Jack Bergman
10:20 AMRevive America/Revive Michigan - We are dedicating about 1.5 hours in the morning for Dr. Mark Beliles' presentation followed by a panel of evangelical leaders (Rev. Sylvester Bland, William Wagner, Ken Den Hollander) to discuss how we can Revive Michigan and move people of faith to vote and public policy participation. In 2012 the Republican nominee received about 75% of his vote from self described "Christians" including 26% "Evangelical" and 25% Catholic. Only about 30% of the people of faith showed up to vote. the quickest and best way to revive America/Michigan is to move people of faith and similar values to activism.
11:37AMCruz Report - an update from Ted Cruz State Chair Patrick Colbeck
11:45 AM America's Economic & Political CrisisDr. Harry C. Veryser
12:30PM Luncheon; planned speakers Emery McClendon and Becky Norton Dunlop
2:00 PM Protecting the Constitution - Janine Hansen, Tom DeWeese or LtGen. Jack Bergman, depending on their schedules
2:43 PM Dr. Ben Carson campaign update
2:50 PMEducation Excellence- Presentations on public education Return on Investment (Michigan Conservative Education Task Force) and the Education Establishment - why we cannot improve education under extant conditions (Hillsdale College). We will have a panel on solutions, including State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, State Rep. Gary Glenn, Melanie Kurdys (Stop Common Core of Michigan), Pasquale Bettaglia (Michigan's first classical academy charter). We will wrap this up with an outline on what the Education task Force Phase IV will address.
4:30 Property Rights = Freedom - Tom DeWeese if acceptable to him, to also charge the Property Rights Task Force
5:15 -Our Mission - wrap up panel of keynoters still available and willing to participate - comments, challenges, Q&A
5:55 MCU messages; info on presidential straw poll, etc.
6:00 PM adjourn
Please say yes! We need more leadership. Invest a day in our future!
Register for MiCPAC, by mail (see form on attachment) or on line at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mcus-micpac-michigan-conservative-political-action-conference-freedom-summit-tickets-20644009789?aff=eac2
The $12.6 million spent on negotiating contracts in 2015 represents 10 percent of the MEA’s total receipts of $124.2 million for the year. The union also spent $3.3 million on political activities and lobbying; $51.6 million on what it called “general overhead”; $5.7 million on “union administration” and $18.8 million on “benefits” for its own staff members. http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/22245
State Supreme Court Ruling: "State Employees Are Subject To Right-To-Work"
Public sector workers may freely exercise right-to-work under a 4-3 ruling passed down July 29 by the Michigan Supreme Court.
The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) challenged Gov. Rick Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette and members of the Michigan Employment Relations Commission on the constitutionality of Public Act 349 of 2012 (right-to-work).
Prevailing Wage Repeal initiative ready to launch!
Fasten your seat belts, roll up your sleeves, open your checkbook. We need you to partner with us on making the next great step for labor freedom! Economic analysis indicates that Prevailing Wage laws in Michigan alone, stop about 83% of the contractors from bidding on public construction and costs taxpayers about $ 400 Million a year - $ 244 Million a year more in just school construction costs. This is money that should be returned to the taxpayers or directed to higher priorities, such as repairing roads.
Michigan Freedom To Work led the grass roots campaign to pass Freedom To Work labor freedom laws in 2011/2012. Our coalition grew to more than 200 groups with more than 70,000 members. Signed December 11, 2012, the Michigan Freedom To Work laws went into effect in March, 2013.
Now two years old, Michigan Freedom To Work can share in the credit for increasing Michigan's improved business and job climate, and reducing unemployment. We keep defending workers and educating the public so that labor freedom is not reversed. This ongoing activity requires daily monitoring, education, legislative activity, meeting with grass roots leaders, etc. The monthly activities exact a toll on a gifted and giving Board, volunteer staff and limited resources.
But we have unfinished business. We are pleased to announce that a petition drive will commence in merely days, to allow the Michigan legislature to pass prevailing wage repeal without the threat of the Governor's veto. Please volunteer, donate and connect at https://www.laborfreedom.com.
An indirect initiative statute is when statutes (laws) proposed by citizens through initiative do not go immediately to the ballot after a successful petition drive to collect sufficient valid signatures to qualify the measure.
Rather, once the signatures are collected, the law that the citizens are proposing must first be submitted to the state legislature for consideration. If the state legislature agrees to adopt the law, then it does not go to the ballot.http://ballotpedia.org/Indirect_initiative_statute
TYPE OF PETITION
FILING DEADLINE SIGNATURE REQUIREMENT
Initiative to create new or amend existing legislation -June 1, 2016 252,523
The procedure is described here: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/Ini_Ref_Pet_Website_339487_7.pdf
For statutes, if the petition receives enough valid signatures, then the state legislature has 40 days to adopt or reject the proposal. If the legislature rejects the law, then the measure is placed on the next general election ballot. For amendments, if the petition contains sufficient signatures, then the measure is placed directly on the next general election ballot.
Gov. Snyder has stated he would repeal such a bill. This is the way for citizens to take charge of their own affairs.
For petition and to Please volunteer, donate and connect at https://www.laborfreedom.com.
More repeal information at www.prevailingwagetruth.com
HELP US PRESERVE MICHIGAN’S NEW FREEDOM TO WORK LAWS
New proof: FREEDOM TO WORK WORKS!
Freedom To Work states enjoy increased real personal Income growth,
Population growth and Employment growth
Union bosses are vetting legislative candidates by asking for a commitment to remove the laws that were passed December 11, 2012 and went into effect March, 2013. After their recall of a state representative in a south Genesee County seat was replaced by an even more conservative representative, at a huge cost, their tactic turned from recalls to the next elections.
We must encourage candidates who support labor freedom, and that will seek to repeal Michigan state and local prevailing wage laws. Prevailing wage laws cost Michigan taxpayers about $400 MILLION A YEAR. In increased school construction costs alone, taxpayers are being over-charged $224 Million a year. You can help as a volunteer here: http://www.laborfreedom.com/contact Prevailing Wage info here: www.prevailingwagetruth.com
The over-charge equates to about $ 2.24 Billion over the last decade – enough to pay for 317 new elementary schools, as if we needed them with decreasing student population.
“Freedom To Work states enjoy increased real personal income growth, population growth and employment growth…a Competitive Enterprise Institute study. Authors Richard Vedder and Jonathon Robe control for a variety of factors that impact state economic growth. They then compare the performance of FTW states and non-FTW states from 1977 to 2012. A chief finding is “that the overall effect of a RTW law is to increase economic growth rates by 11.5 percentage points.”
Vedder and Robe also analyzed FTW laws' impact on per-capita income. They estimate how much non-RTW states lost in potential income from 1977 to 2012. The median was $3,278 per capita, or about $13,000 annually for a family of four. Michigan suffered the 6th largest state income loss ($34.2 billion) and was 10th in per capita income loss ($3,460)” before our labor freedom laws passed.
The study highlights some additional statistics that suggest RTW laws have a positive impact on economic growth. For instance, real personal income in RTW states grew by 165 percent from 1977 to 2012, but only by 99 percent in states without such laws. Measured by per-capita income, states with RTW laws grew by 65 percent, whereas non-RTW states grew by only 50 percent.”
Edited excerpts from New Evidence: Right-to-Work Laws Work By Michael Van Beek | July 24, 2014 http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/20314
As Abe Lincoln said, you change public policy be changing public opinion. Michigan Freedom To Work has been on the forefront of educating the public and changing public opinion, so much so that the political climate overwhelmingly defeated the Union Boss Proposal 2 at the ballot in 2012 and the public and our supporters demanded the Governor and legislature take action.
We must continue to study the impacts, report and educate the results of positive impacts from labor freedom. We have an education program in the workplaces with a flier we must continue to get out. It has a hotline number for workers being intimidated or being given difficulty by union agents or co-workers who are over-zealous bullies on this issue.
Funds are needed! You can donate here.
UpRight Michigan PAC is helping elect labor freedom candidates. They can be reached at this very dynamic site: www.thepachydermpress.com or you can assist supporting candidates here.
Proposal 2015-1 ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE ALREADY OUT! Will we raise taxes and prices of all fuels and food and other shipped items? Will we vote more for the union prevailing wage road builders and cut our budget to do so, when they refuse to cut or prioritize government spending