l. brooks patterson http://michiganradio.org en Auto no-fault overhaul is GOP’s ‘Holy Grail’ http://michiganradio.org/post/auto-no-fault-overhaul-gop-s-holy-grail <p>A political controversy in Lansing that just won’t die is back: <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/few-issues-reveal-political-divide-auto-insurance">auto no-fault insurance</a>. There is yet <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gop-lawmakers-try-revive-no-fault-overhaul">another Republican effort</a> to muscle through an auto no-fault overhaul, this time being led by state House Speaker Jase Bolger.</p><p>There’s a lot in this proposal, released just yesterday, but one of the main things is a cap on the state’s currently unlimited medical benefits if you are injured in a crash. Under the Bolger plan, these benefits would top out at $10 million. Other parts of the proposal include limits on hospital fees and payments for in-home care, incentives to avoid litigation, and a guaranteed rate rollback in the first two years of coverage.</p><p>Essentially, there is something in this plan for all of the special interests that have a stake in the auto no-fault system – hospitals, insurance companies, trial lawyers – to dislike. But, Bolger says, bring it on. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:44:01 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 16550 at http://michiganradio.org Auto no-fault overhaul is GOP’s ‘Holy Grail’ L. Brooks Patterson slammed for comments about Detroit, and he probably loves it http://michiganradio.org/post/l-brooks-patterson-slammed-comments-about-detroit-and-he-probably-loves-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I’ve been a faithful subscriber to and reader of <em>The New Yorker</em> for years, though I have to confess that some weeks I only have time to look at the magazine’s wonderful cartoons.</span></p><p>But if you had asked me last week who in Michigan was most likely to be profiled in&nbsp;<em>The New Yorker</em>, I’ll bet I would have offered 20 names before I came up with L. Brooks Patterson.</p><p>Patterson, who has been a fixture in Oakland County for more than 40 years, is being raked over the coals today for his Detroit-slamming remarks in <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/01/27/140127fa_fact_williams">this week’s <em>New Yorker</em> interview</a>.</p><p>He is quoted as saying:</p><blockquote><p>“Anytime I talk about Detroit, it will not be positive. Therefore, I’m called a Detroit-basher. The truth hurts, you know? Tough *<em>bleep</em>*.”</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:02:04 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16108 at http://michiganradio.org L. Brooks Patterson slammed for comments about Detroit, and he probably loves it Oakland County to Detroit: Sell DIA art, lose regional millage http://michiganradio.org/post/oakland-county-detroit-sell-dia-art-lose-regional-millage <p>Oakland County is looking to protect itself from the potential fallout of Detroit’s bankruptcy.</p><p>Specifically, <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130813/METRO02/308130081/Oakland-County-moves-protect-DIA-tax-from-Detroit-creditors?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">the county wants to make sure a multi-county millage for the Detroit Institute of Arts </a>doesn’t fall into city creditors’ hands.</p><p>Voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties passed the special DIA millage—worth about $23 million annually--last year.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 02:28:36 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13973 at http://michiganradio.org Oakland County to Detroit: Sell DIA art, lose regional millage Will Detroit’s bankruptcy affect your hometown? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-detroit-s-bankruptcy-affect-your-hometown <p>It’s a question many in local governments across the state have been asking themselves lately.</p><p>There are a couple ways Detroit’s bankruptcy could have a bad influence on other local governments.</p><p><strong>The simple way: not so good national media attention</strong></p><p>The simplest way is all that bad press the nation’s biggest municipal bankruptcy will bring. But Detroit’s finances have been screwed up for decades. That’s not news. Economists that track indicators in West Michigan say it won’t help, but they do not expect this to be a big factor.</p><p>The more important way Detroit’s bankruptcy could affect small governments is much more complicated.</p><p><strong>The complicated way: “unprecedented” threats to municipal bonds</strong></p><p>First, you’ve got to understand these bonds are really important to local governments. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 13:54:22 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13808 at http://michiganradio.org Will Detroit’s bankruptcy affect your hometown? Have Jase Bolger and L. Brooks Patterson kissed and made up? http://michiganradio.org/post/have-jase-bolger-and-l-brooks-patterson-kissed-and-made <p>Not exactly.</p><p>Right after Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, R,&nbsp;<a href="http://youtu.be/7eoS0BasBbw">made the "Adolf" comment</a> about Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger, he was challenged.</p><p><strong>"Isn't that a little over the top?"</strong> asked "Off the Record" host Tim Skubick.</p><p><strong>"Yeah, I want it to be!"</strong> replied L. Brooks Patterson.</p><p>Patterson was upset about how Bolger has handled the discussion around proposed changes Michigan's no-fault auto insurance law.</p><p>You can watch the exchange here:</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 16:47:46 +0000 Mark Brush 12447 at http://michiganradio.org Have Jase Bolger and L. Brooks Patterson kissed and made up? Commentary: Brooks and Adolf http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-brooks-and-adolf <p></p><p>Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, the longtime bad boy of Michigan Republican politics, stirred things up again last Friday. Not for the first time, and probably not for the last.</p><p>If you don’t already know this, Patterson went on "Off the Record," the public affairs TV show, and referred to the Speaker of the House as “Adolf” Bolger.</p><p>There wasn’t any doubt who he meant. Brooks has never been subtle. In fact, he pulled out a pocket comb and held it up to his face in an imitation of a Hitler mustache.</p><p>That sparked a tremendous outcry. Before the day was over, the state Anti-Defamation League was denouncing Brooks Patterson for what they called trivializing the Holocaust by comparing his fellow Republican, Jase Bolger, to Adolf Hitler.</p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 12:36:14 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12420 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Brooks and Adolf Oakland Co. executive compares House speaker to Hitler http://michiganradio.org/post/oakland-co-executive-compares-house-speaker-hitler <p>One of Michigan’s most well-known Republicans has some harsh words for the state House GOP leader.</p><p>Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson appeared today on the Michigan Public Television show “Off the Record.”&nbsp; Patterson said state House Speaker Jase Bolger has abused his power, and compared him to the leader of Nazi Germany. Fri, 03 May 2013 20:26:39 +0000 Rick Pluta 12409 at http://michiganradio.org Oakland Co. executive compares House speaker to Hitler L. Brooks Patterson speaks out against changing Michigan's no-fault auto insurance http://michiganradio.org/post/l-brooks-patterson-speaks-out-against-changing-michigans-no-fault-auto-insurance <p>A proposed reform to Michigan’s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-introduce-controversial-no-fault-changes">no-fault auto insurance</a> is circulating in the Legislature.</p><p>Among other things, it would cap benefits for people who suffer severe injuries in auto accidents at $1 million.</p><p>Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has come out as a strong opponent to this legislation.</p><p>Patterson is still recovering from a serious auto accident he had last summer, and his driver, James Cram of Owosso, was paralyzed from the neck down.</p><p>In this interview with Jennifer White, Patterson talks about his opposition to the proposed legislation and his recovery.</p><p><em>You can listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p>Patterson wanted to be clear that he and his driver were working at the time of their accident.</p><p>Their medical bills are covered by worker's compensation, so Patterson says his opposition to changes to Michigan's no-fault insurance laws are not for his own benefit.</p><p>"Did the accident make me more aware and more sensitized to the plight of people who suffer from catastrophic injuries? Absolutely," he said.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:39:20 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 12356 at http://michiganradio.org L. Brooks Patterson speaks out against changing Michigan's no-fault auto insurance Oakland County helps neighboring Macomb with IT after building fire http://michiganradio.org/post/oakland-county-helps-neighboring-macomb-it-after-building-fire <p>Oakland County is helping neighboring Macomb County get back online after a fire last week.</p><p>That suspected electrical fire seriously damaged Macomb’s IT department—shutting down phones and computer networks.</p><p>So Oakland County is offering Macomb staff, equipment and space to start re-building.</p><p>“Oakland County has opened up its data center to host Macomb County’s equipment and personnel on a temporary basis in order to get Macomb County back online,” says a press release from Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s office.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:46:32 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12241 at http://michiganradio.org Oakland County helps neighboring Macomb with IT after building fire Commentary: Catastrophic health care http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-catastrophic-health-care <p>Last week, Governor Snyder announced plans to introduce legislation that, if passed, would essentially mean that insurance companies and the state would no longer provide virtually unlimited benefits to those injured in catastrophic car accidents.</p><p>Currently, victims whose health care costs exceed half a million dollars have their care covered by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association. The governor would cap those benefits at a million dollars. The next day, his proposal was attacked by an opponent who called it, “an embarrassment to the Republican party.”</p><p>“The governor misses the big picture,” he added. What is most interesting about this is that the man attacking the governor‘s idea is not a liberal Democrat or a leader of a victim‘s rights group, but one of the state‘s most prominent conservative Republicans, L. Brooks Patterson, the longtime czar of Oakland County.</p><p>Brooks knows what he is talking about. Last August, he and his driver were T-boned in a car accident that very nearly took their lives. Patterson was in a coma for days, suffered multiple broken bones and was in the hospital for nearly two months.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:35:55 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12228 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Catastrophic health care Commentary: The politics of 'me' http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-politics-me <p></p><p>I had dinner last night with two social workers whom I’ve known for a long time, who take a keen interest in what’s&nbsp;happening to people in our state. They follow politics, but not in the kind of minute detail political junkies do. They are not huge fans of Governor Snyder, especially since his administration has done things like cut off cash welfare payments permanently to families that include more than 30,000 children.</p><p>But they were baffled about one thing. They were surprised and pleased that Michigan Republicans supported extending insurance coverage to include autistic children.</p><p>“Why did that happen?” one asked me.&nbsp; Well, I said, not to be cynical, but there are those who think it might be related to the fact that Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has a daugher with autism. Yes, your perspective tends to change when things get close to home.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:30:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 11339 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: The politics of 'me' Oakland County executive gives upbeat, emotional State of the County address http://michiganradio.org/post/oakland-county-executive-gives-upbeat-emotional-state-county-address <p></p><p>Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson struck a lot of&nbsp;triumphant notes during a sometimes-emotional <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130207/METRO02/302070483/Patterson-speech-touts-his-recovery-Oakland-County-s-prospects?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">state of the county&nbsp;speech Thursday night</a>.</p><p>Patterson has been at the helm in Oakland County for decades.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 04:06:16 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 11144 at http://michiganradio.org Oakland County executive gives upbeat, emotional State of the County address Metro Detroit's 'Big 4' talk emergency managers, re-election http://michiganradio.org/post/metro-detroits-big-4-talk-emergency-managers-re-election <p>Metro Detroit’s “Big Four” met up for their annual public conversation at Cobo Hall in Detroit Thursday.</p><p>The group is made up of the Wayne county executive Robert Ficano, Oakland county executive L. Brooks Patterson, and Macomb county executive Mark Hackel, plus Detroit mayor Dave Bing.<br><br>The event usually stresses regional cooperation and all-around good feelings between the four leaders.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 01:28:16 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10836 at http://michiganradio.org Metro Detroit's 'Big 4' talk emergency managers, re-election Commentary: Challenging Brooks; Challenging Oakland http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-challenging-brooks-challenging-oakland <p>For the last 40 years, two things have been true. Oakland County, home to most of Detroit’s white-collar suburbs, has been Michigan’s richest county. And L. Brooks Patterson has been Oakland’s dominant<br>personality, first as county prosecutor, then as county executive. When his current term ends in January, he will have held that office for 20 years.</p><p><br>That’s exactly as long as his longtime political enemy, Coleman Young, was Mayor of Detroit. But while Coleman finally retired after 20 years, Brooks is, at age 73, running again.</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:53:55 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9468 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Challenging Brooks; Challenging Oakland Patterson: 'Not wearing a seatbelt was a mistake.' http://michiganradio.org/post/patterson-not-wearing-seatbelt-was-mistake <p>Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson was involved in a serious auto accident on August 9 when a VW Passat turned in front of his Chrysler 300:</p><p>Patterson and his driver were not wearing seat belts at the time.</p><p>Today, Patterson issued the following statement regarding the civil infraction issued by Auburn Hills Police today for not wearing a seatbelt when he was among victims of a crash caused by a VW Passat that turned in front of his Chrysler 300:</p><blockquote><p>Not wearing a seatbelt was a mistake," Patterson said. "I accept my responsibility and paid the $65 fine this afternoon."</p></blockquote><p>After spending five weeks in the hospital, Patterson was released last Friday and it recuperating at home. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:37:52 +0000 Mark Brush 9135 at http://michiganradio.org Patterson: 'Not wearing a seatbelt was a mistake.' L. Brooks Patterson released from hospital, driver remains hospitalized http://michiganradio.org/post/l-brooks-patterson-released-hospital-driver-remains-hospitalized <p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Oakland County officials announced this afternoon that County Executive L. Brooks Patterson was discharged today from McLaren Oakland Hospital.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Patterson has spent five weeks in the hospital after he was severely injured in a crash in early August.</span></p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 20:06:00 +0000 Mark Brush 9100 at http://michiganradio.org L. Brooks Patterson released from hospital, driver remains hospitalized Oakland County Executive: "I'm on the mend" http://michiganradio.org/post/oakland-county-executive-im-mend <p>From the press release:</p><p><em>Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson released his first official statement today since the Aug. 10 accident in which he and two other individuals were victims of the driver of a Volkswagen Passat who has been charged with three misdemeanors for turning in front of Patterson’s Chrysler 300.</em></p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 21:42:25 +0000 Tracy Samilton 8941 at http://michiganradio.org Oakland County Executive: "I'm on the mend" L. Brooks Patterson continues his recovery after car crash http://michiganradio.org/post/l-brooks-patterson-continues-his-recovery-after-car-crash <p>L. Brooks Patterson, County Executive of Oakland County, has been hospitalized since he was involved in a car crash on August 1o.</p><p>He had surgery to repair broken bones and a gash on his scalp. <a href="http://www.dailytribune.com/article/20120814/NEWS03/120819787/l-brooks-patterson-driver-not-belted-in-car-crash">The Oakland Tribune</a> reported Patterson suffered from two broken wrists, broken ribs, a broken femur, and the injury on his head.</p><p>He's been moved to a hospital rehabilitation unit at McLaren Oakland Hospital and is in good spirits, reports the Associated Press.</p><p>Patterson and his driver, Jim Cram, were not wearing seatbelts in the crash.</p><p>Two people in the other vehicle were also injured in the crash. The driver of that vehicle has been charged. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:27:18 +0000 Mark Brush 8869 at http://michiganradio.org L. Brooks Patterson continues his recovery after car crash State officials remind motorists, 'Wear seat belts,' after L. Brooks doesn't http://michiganradio.org/post/state-officials-remind-motorists-wear-seat-belts-after-l-brooks-doesnt <p align="LEFT">Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson was in the front seat and not wearing a seat belt -- in violation of state law -- when his car was struck by another driver on Friday.</p><p align="LEFT">Patterson sustained a broken femur and&nbsp;two broken wrists.</p><p align="LEFT">Patterson&#39;s driver was also not wearing a seat belt - nor was the driver of the Volkswagon Passat that struck Patterson&#39;s car.</p><p align="LEFT">Anne Readett is a spokeswoman for the state Office of Highway Safety Planning.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:10:11 +0000 Tracy Samilton 8676 at http://michiganradio.org L. Brooks Patterson wasn't wearing seat belt in crash http://michiganradio.org/post/l-brooks-patterson-wasnt-wearing-seat-belt-crash <p>Oakland County&#39;s chief executive is still recuperating from surgery after suffering serous injuries from an auto accident last Friday afternoon.</p><p>Initial reports indicate he and his driver were not wearing seat belts.</p><p>From Oakland County&#39;s <a href="http://www.dailytribune.com/article/20120814/NEWS03/120819787/l-brooks-patterson-driver-not-belted-in-car-crash">Daily Tribune</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and his driver, James Cram, were not wearing seat belts at the time of a serious car crash Friday, according to Auburn Hills Police Department&rsquo;s preliminary findings.</p></blockquote><p>The Tribune reports Patterson suffered from &quot;two broken wrists, broken ribs, a gash to the head and a broken femur.&quot; He underwent more surgery yesterday at McLaren Oakland Hospital.</p><p>The office of L. Brooks Patterson said in a statement that Patterson was resting comfortably and doctors reported that the surgery went well.</p><p>Patterson&#39;s leased Chrysler 300 was being driven by a 60-year-old former state police trooper, James Cram, who suffered serious injuries.</p><p>The crash is still under investigation. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 16:59:13 +0000 Mark Brush 8667 at http://michiganradio.org L. Brooks Patterson wasn't wearing seat belt in crash