Michigan Political Week in Review

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We took a short hiatus from our weekly Political Week in Review after last week's Gubernatorial Forum.  Please accept our apologies. Now, let's catch up. 

World:

There’s a “relatively tiny” (according to BP execs) oil spill in the Gulf.   

White House to Big House:

President Obama spoke in our backyard at the University of Michigan Commencement about the appropriate role of government in our lives and the need for citizens to educate themselves and find the facts (and not just opinions) in their news. 

Around the country:

The Cape Wind project was approved, allowing offshore wind development in Massachusetts.  Why we can’t do the same here in Michigan is anyone’s guess.  (NOTE: we prefer wind spills to oil spills any day) 

Federal:

With U.S. Sen. Graham dropping off, U.S. Sens. Kerry (D-MA) and Lieberman (I-CT), announced a Senate follow-up to last June’s American Clean Energy Security Act.  Our good friends at national LCV had this to say about the announcement. 

In the Mitten:

Our sister organization the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund hosted a well-attended and much-covered Gubernatorial Forum. 

State:

State Rep. Marc Corriveau (D-HD 20) dropped out of the state Senate race in Michigan’s 7th district. Considered a toss-up by most political insiders, the lone Democrat left in the race is former state Representative Kathleen Law. Corriveau says he wants to spend more time with his family and work to influence the political process from outside the Legislature. 

In a late night session last Thursday, the state House finally passed an early retirement package for teachers (SB 1227), and similar legislation for state workers (SB 1226) is expected to be taken up next as part of the on-going budget process.

Also, the Senate kept its promise to block Granholm's appointments 

http://www.wgvu.org/wgvunews/index.cfm?id=sdetail&sty=6938 

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On Earth Day, the House passed PACE legislation (sponsored by Rep. Rebekah Warren) to allow local units of government to make loans to home owners for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. 

The House introduced to increase Michigan's energy efficiency standard on April 22.  The package of bills, HB 6063-6070, would increase Michgan's energy efficiency standard to 2% (for electric power) yearly by 2016. In addition, the current standard for natural gas power would be doubled to 1.5% by 2016. 

The House Energy and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on energy efficiency legislation and other energy priorities on Tuesday, March 25. Currently, the hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Anderson House Office Building. 

- Image Credit: Cape Wind.

- Kerry Duggan, Deputy Director (with an assist from Campaigns Director Bill Kirk).