bailout http://michiganradio.org en New poll: Save Detroit art and retirees' pensions http://michiganradio.org/post/new-poll-save-detroit-art-and-retirees-pensions <p></p><p></p><p>A new <a href="http://bridgemi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Media-Frequency-Report.pdf">poll</a> shows Michigan voters outside of Detroit approve using state money to support the so-called “Grand Bargain” to bolster City of Detroit retirees’ pensions and protect the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection.</p><p>The poll was commissioned by Michigan Radio and its partners in the <a href="http://www.detroitjournalismcooperative.com/">Detroit Journalism Cooperative</a>.</p><p><em>(See DJC partner Bridge Magazine's coverage of the poll <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2014/05/state-should-send-help-to-detroit-michigan-voters-say/">here</a>.)</em></p><p>It found almost half of voters outside the city of Detroit support the state government contributing $350 million&nbsp;to help solve some of the sticky issues of the bankruptcy. Forty-nine&nbsp;percent favor the contribution, 34 percent oppose it. Tue, 13 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 17567 at http://michiganradio.org New poll: Save Detroit art and retirees' pensions Spending taxpayer dollars on sports stadiums will not help Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/spending-taxpayer-dollars-sports-stadiums-will-not-help-detroit <p>Politicians are falling all over themselves in Washington and in Lansing to oppose spending any money to, as they put it, “bail out” Detroit.</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:02:24 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13750 at http://michiganradio.org Spending taxpayer dollars on sports stadiums will not help Detroit U.S. senators want to prevent a federal bailout of Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/us-senators-want-prevent-federal-bailout-detroit <p>A group of Republican U.S. senators wants to prohibit the federal government from providing financial support to Detroit.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:44:43 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13702 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. senators want to prevent a federal bailout of Detroit Romney and the Bailout http://michiganradio.org/post/romney-and-bailout <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Usually, journalists are sent press releases before political events, because the organizers want reporters to cover them. Monday, I got one about an event that was already over.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:46:09 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6228 at http://michiganradio.org Romney and the Bailout 3 things to know about Mitt Romney’s latest Op-Ed http://michiganradio.org/post/3-things-know-about-mitt-romney%E2%80%99s-latest-op-ed <p>Yesterday, we told you that Michigan&rsquo;s native son, Mitt Romney, has fallen behind former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2012/02/13/polls-show-santorum-leading-romney-in-michigan/">two pre-primary polls</a>.</p><p>Now, Romney is firing back in the Detroit News. not at his rival, but at union leaders and Obama administration officials.</p><p>Romney touches on many themes about the 2009 auto industry bailout.</p><p>You can read <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120214/OPINION01/202140336/Romney-op-ed-Taxpayers-should-get-GM-shares-proceeds?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">the entire op-ed</a> here.</p><p>We picked out three things and provide some context. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 15:21:22 +0000 Micki Maynard 6206 at http://michiganradio.org 3 things to know about Mitt Romney’s latest Op-Ed Former President George W. Bush says he'd bail out automakers again http://michiganradio.org/post/former-president-george-w-bush-says-hed-bail-out-automakers-again <p>Candidates on both sides of the political fence, especially during this presidential election cycle, &nbsp;have been trying to make hay out of the U.S. government bailouts of Chrysler and GM. &nbsp;</p><p>At a speech to the National Automobile Dealers Association convention yesterday, former President George W. Bush said the reality of the severe economic downturn led him to his decision to begin the bailouts of GM and Chrysler.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-07/bush-tells-dealers-he-avoided-gamble-in-bailing-out-automakers.html">Bloomberg News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t want there to be 21 percent unemployment,&rdquo; Bush said in a speech yesterday to cap the annual National Automobile Dealers Association convention, attended by more than 20,000 people. &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t want to gamble. I didn&rsquo;t want history to look back and say, &lsquo;Bush could have done something but chose not to do it.&rsquo; And so I said, &lsquo;no depression.&rsquo;&rdquo;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Bloomberg reports the Bush administration loaned GM and Chrysler $17.4 billion &quot;before Barack Obama&rsquo;s administration expanded the rescue of the companies to $62 billion.&quot;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120207/BUSINESS01/202070436/Ex-President-George-W-Bush-tells-auto-dealers-he-d-bail-out-automakers-again?odyssey=mod|nextstory">Detroit Free Press</a> reports that Bush said he believed GM and Chrysler were mismanaged and should pay for their own problems...</p><blockquote><p>&quot;But sometimes circumstances get in the way of philosophy,&quot; Bush said. &quot;I would make the same decision again.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Chrysler repaid its loans last year, and GM has repaid around $23 billion, but the U.S. Government still holds around a quarter of GM stock.</p><p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 14:31:33 +0000 Mark Brush 6120 at http://michiganradio.org Former President George W. Bush says he'd bail out automakers again U.S. government ends Chrysler investment; Fiat takes over http://michiganradio.org/post/us-government-ends-chrysler-investment-fiat-takes-over <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The Treasury Department says it has ended its investment in Chrysler LLC after Italian automaker Fiat SpA purchased the U.S. government&#39;s remaining holdings in the auto company.</p><p>Fiat paid $560 million to the Treasury Department for the government&#39;s 98,000 shares. Fiat has run the company since it emerged from bankruptcy protection in June 2009.</p><p>Treasury provided a total of $12.5 billion to Chrysler and its financing arm after the recession hampered auto sales and sent Chrysler and General Motors to the brink of collapse. The funds came from the government&#39;s $700 billion bank bailout fund.</p><p>Since then, $11.2 billion of the assistance has been repaid, Treasury says. Chrysler repaid $5.1 billion in loans from the government in May. Treasury said it likely won&#39;t recover the remaining $1.3 billion. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 19:20:26 +0000 The Associated Press 3417 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. government ends Chrysler investment; Fiat takes over Political Roundup: Auto industry bailout & Mitt Romney (audio) http://michiganradio.org/post/political-roundup-auto-industry-bailout-mitt-romney-audio <p>Chrysler repaid $7.6 billion to the U. S. and Canadian governments back in May.</p><p>Recently, General Motors announced the addition of 2,500 jobs to its Hamtramck plant and plans to invest $130 million in a new data center in Warren, Michigan.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Jenn White helps us get a look at the political implications of the automotive industry&rsquo;s progress.&nbsp; She spoke with Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service and Ken Sikkema, former Republican state Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-972698.mp3</p><p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 19:57:25 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 2830 at http://michiganradio.org Auto bailout the issues as Romney campaign hits Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/auto-bailout-issues-romney-campaign-hits-michigan <p>Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney made a pair of campaign stops in metro Detroit on his first trip to the state as a declared candidate.</p><p>The former Massachusetts governor was greeted with protests at a Livonia diner in the morning. Romney then headed to the business incubator <a href="http://www.bizdom.com/">Bizdom U</a> in Detroit, where he offered advice to a handful of entrepreneurs.</p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:17:37 +0000 Sarah Hulett 2825 at http://michiganradio.org Auto bailout the issues as Romney campaign hits Michigan Congressman Peters invites McCain to see auto recovery himself http://michiganradio.org/post/congressman-peters-invites-mccain-see-auto-recovery-himself <p>Now that Chrysler paid off its debt&nbsp;six years ahead of schedule, Michigan congressman Gary Peters is inviting Senator John McCain to see the automotive industry recovery for himself. In 2009 McCain said he&rsquo;d like to meet anyone who believed Chrysler would survive.</p><p>Peters says he wants McCain to see the progress Chrysler has made in two years.</p> Wed, 25 May 2011 20:02:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2645 at http://michiganradio.org Congressman Peters invites McCain to see auto recovery himself General Motors Wins a Star http://michiganradio.org/post/general-motors-wins-star <p>Two years ago, when President Obama decided to spend billions to prop up General Motors, and then to guide it&nbsp; through a cushioned, &ldquo;soft landing&rdquo; bankruptcy, there were a lot of doubters. Many thought nature should have been allowed to take its course, and that the once-mighty General should have been allowed to die.</p><p>At the time, a commentator on NBC News said &ldquo;As the GM bailout goes, so goes the Obama presidency.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 17:18:37 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1429 at http://michiganradio.org General Motors Wins a Star Treasury Department hopes to sell off remaining GM stock within 2 years http://michiganradio.org/post/treasury-department-hopes-sell-remaining-gm-stock-within-2-years <p>The head of the government&#39;s bailout program says the U.S. Treasury Department hopes to sell its remaining shares of General Motors stock over the next two years.</p><p>The Associated Press <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=133252722">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Timothy Massad, the senior Treasury official managing the government bailout fund, told a congressional hearing that there is now a path forward for Treasury to sell its remaining shares in GM over the next two years if market conditions permit. The Treasury Department trimmed its stake in GM to 26.5 percent of the company, down from 61 percent, when it sold $23.1 billion of GM stock at an initial public offering in November. Thu, 27 Jan 2011 12:22:59 +0000 Zoe Clark 1035 at http://michiganradio.org Treasury Department hopes to sell off remaining GM stock within 2 years GM moving closer to November stock sale http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-moving-closer-november-stock-sale <p>General Motors (or should I say General Motors Holding Company) is planning to hold a public stock sale in mid-November. It will be the first since the world&#39;s largest company emerged from chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last year.</p><p><a href="http://www.gm.com/corporate/about/">General Motors Holding Company</a> emerged as the wheat. <a href="https://www.motorsliquidation.com/">Motors Liquidation Company </a>emerged as the chaff.</p> Tue, 12 Oct 2010 18:23:11 +0000 Mark Brush 125 at http://michiganradio.org GM moving closer to November stock sale