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Bob Kleine
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Robert J. Kleine was Michigan's treasurer from 2006 to 2010, serving under Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Previously, he was director of the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis in the William G. Milliken administration.

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Shutdown Blues

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 11:52 AM

Most Americans understand how the government shutdown and potential failure to raise the debt ceiling will damage the economy. Less understood is the damage they're doing to the American psyche. I'm losing sleep as I worry about the impact of this unseemly spectacle on the economy, on the country, on...

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Detroit Doesn't Need an Emergency Manager

(11) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 3:58 PM

Kevyn Orr, Detroit's emergency financial manager, will have complete control over the city's spending for 18 months. He can write the city's budget by himself. He can cut the pay of elected officials and rip up union contracts, forcing cops and firefighters to pay more for their health insurance.

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Bankruptcy Won't Fix Detroit

(60) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 12:18 PM

Detroit did not have to go bankrupt. And there is little reason to believe the bankruptcy process will result in the rebirth of the city in a form necessary for Michigan to prosper.

The Detroit bankruptcy could have been prevented with more urban friendly policies from the state. However, the...

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