Dec 05 2017

Print this Post

Tis the Season!

Tis the Season!

However, its also the season when politicians try to ram bad policy through COUNTING on YOU being distracted by the Holidays.

Grinch StockingTruthfully, you SHOULD be able to focus on the Holidays but this bill is NOT something you want to find in your stocking!

First of all before the information about SB 97 is the contact information for those you need to contact

Briefly this bill outrageously passed in the Senate and just as outrageously was passed out of the House Committee

However, there is growing opposition in the House and as such we need to add support to the opposition by our collective voices as I have been told the Govenor wants this.

SB 97 and PPP are bad policy, period. There is no “fixing it” by stripping out certain items. It just needs to be killed. And that’s the message we are sending to Speaker Leonard and our House Reps


Calling is best. An email with a follow up call even better!

House Speaker Tom Leonard

Phone: (517) 373-1778
Toll Free: (877) 859-8086
FAX: (517) 373-5780

Email: TomLeonard@house.mi.gov

Your House Representative

Click HERE for Contact Information


In a nutshell SB 97 creates a new act of public-private partnerships (PPP).

Public-private partnerships (PPP) are Public-private partnerships involve commercial contracts between public authorities (state or local) and private businesses in the design, construction, financing and operation of public infrastructure and services that have traditionally been delivered by the public sector, such as motorways, hospitals or schools.

Now on the surface that might sound good but in reality there is plenty to be concerned about. This site is European and European countries have employed PPP for years, long enough to realize the consequences of this policy.

Among the topics they address and ammo for when you call your Rep:

Build now, pay heavily later

One of the chief misconceptions about public-private partnerships is that they somehow mobilize extra financial resources for projects that would otherwise have to wait several years to be implemented. This irresponsible claim encourages decision-makers to carry out projects that may not be affordable – and it is usually several years before anyone realizes the damage done.

No PPP in the world can rescue a poorly planned infrastructure project

Infrastructure schemes – whether PPPs or not – often suffer from governance problems including poor planning, low administrative capacity of public officials to oversee projects, and lack of transparency. PPPs can make these problems more difficult to uncover and resolve because of their complexity and lack of transparency.

Public services: cutting costs or cutting corners?

PPPs in public service sectors have been highly controversial: while investment has been sorely needed into new infrastructure, there’s reason to believe that the PPP price tag has simply been too high, and that the expected service levels haven’t been delivered.

Screen Shot 2017-12-04 at 10.42.29 AMHuge problems with PPPs include “user fees” which is nothing more but taxation without presentation.

Crony capitalism where the connected get the PPP contract.

And the ability to excerzise eminent domain as a mean to acquire property for projects.

These items alone are reason enough not to enter into these Public-private partnerships but as you can see from the specifics of SB 97 there is more.


The specifics of why SB 97 is bad policy:


SB 97

Thank YOU for all you do, you are the heart and soul of a free Michigan!

Joan Fabiano, founder Grassroots in Michigan

Permanent link to this article: https://grassrootsmichigan.com/?p=4615

Leave a Reply