As a member of Michigan House in 2010, Proos introduced House 270. The resolution reportedly asked the Attorney General of Michigan to take steps to strengthen control of intergovernmental arrangements and requires that all AADs be executed every two years by the Auditor General and re-approved by the Governor. Inter-local agreements could also be subject to some legislative treatment. Michigan Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, acknowledged the misuse of ILA last year to assist these Steral Unionization systems. He told the Mackinac Centre that these “some very monstrous, on the best examples of how interlocal agreements have abused, which is essentially a very good idea.” Although the resolution did not go further than the committee, Sen. Proos says that he is not done with this subject. He told the Mackinac Centre at the beginning of the current Parliament: “I have proposed a number of solutions to this problem, which we leave at the governor`s feet, for example, whether it is democratic or republican to be responsible for these inter-local agreements and to verify their effectiveness and to verify that they are legal and appropriate each year or not.
I hope that we will change this legislation quickly. The Michigan Home-Based Child Care Council (MHBCCC) was another interlocal agreement formed by the Michigan Department of Human Services and Mott Community College. The alleged reason for this was “to improve the quality of home child care in Michigan.” Like MQC3, MHBCCC has provided an “employer” for 40,000 independent contractors and contractors who are now members of the Public Workers` Union Child Care Providers Together – Michigan, a joint effort of the UAW and AFSCME. These union taxes were levied on a state grant to kita and brought in more than $4 million to the union from January 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010. Fortunately, because of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation sue DHS over the illegal retention of union fees from private day care providers grant reviews and the resulting public attention, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder effectively ordered the dissolution of the MHBCCC interlocal agreement. Before 1970, only three inter-local agreements were signed. The Urban Cooperation Act 1967 allows two or more government units to create inter-local agreements (ILAs). Under these agreements, local authorities can join forces in the areas of public safety, transport and water use, without having to go through heavy bureaucratic constraints or put the legislative power away for approval. For example, in 1985, an interlocal agreement was reached between five washtenaw County municipalities, the dexter Area Fire Department.
In 1990, four municipalities in Saginaw County signed an inter-local agreement for the creation of the Joint Sanitary Sewer Agreement. And 16 counties in the northern part of the Michigan Peninsula signed a mutual legal aid agreement in 1994. Many argue that these services are closer to a central role of government, and at least such cooperation between units close to government should be encouraged for cost savings on behalf of taxpayers. To date, the Michigan Minister of Foreign Affairs has received 999 ILAs. A review of these AADs by the Mackinac Centre showed that not only the increase in the number of these agreements, but also the way it has been used in recent times is even more worrying. From 2000 to the present, 727 new inter-local agreements have been concluded; 91 so far in 2011… The Michigan Quality Community Care Council (MQC3) is the result of an interlocal agreement between the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Tri-County Aging Consortium. MQC3, founded in 2004, advertises on its website that it offers “a tool for finding, selecting and adjusting a supplier.” What is not mentioned is that the existence of MQC3 is also a public “employer” for seIU, in order to create the 55,000-member SEIU Healthcare Michigan.