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Psip
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Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 2:45 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

From the Michigan IT Report as posted by WWJ 950

Peter Karmanos Jr., chairman and CEO of the Detroit IT services and software giant Compuware Corp., will be part of a speech on Detroit's rebirth April 19.

Karmanos will join Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano to lead a talk titled "Detroit's Resurgence: World Class City or Pipe Dream?" It's part of the Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Forum series sponsored by the Michigan Chronicle and sister company Real Times Media.

The forum will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club.

"Has progress been made?" asks Michigan Chronicle Publisher Sam Logan. "We frequently talk about Detroit progressing toward a 'world-class city' but how do we measure this progress and what will it take to get us there? We thank our sponsors, Peter Karmanos, Jr., and Robert Ficano for participating in this straight-forward talk on our city's future."

Sponsors for Pancakes & Politics include DaimlerChrysler, HAP, Strategic Staffing Solutions, LaSalle Bank, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, St. John Health and Compuware Corp. Media sponsors are CBS/CW, Crain's Detroit Business, WWJ Newsradio 950 and John Bailey & Associates Public Relations Inc.

Also, the series will continue to air on the CBS/CW network's Michigan Matters television show, and consumers will be able to purchase a DVD of each forum, individually or as a box set.

Other 2007 Pancakes & Politics forums are scheduled for May 17 and June 21. Individual tickets can be purchased for $65 per forum, which includes a six-month subscription to the Michigan Chronicle. Sponsorships are also available. For more information, or to become a sponsor go to www.michronicleonline.com or call Kaye Byrd at (877) 979-5500.

Note: For more information on how you can sponsor content in the Blue Box, contact Dan Keelan at (248) 455-7380 or dkeelan@cbs.com.
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Homer
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Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 10:39 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mmm. Pancakes and politics.
Is this where they give out the "Sambo" Awards?
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Dialh4hipster
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Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 10:44 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah, right there at the DAC! Pete Karmanos himself passes them out.
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Jimaz
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Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 5:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Okay, I found this: http://www.wwj.com/pages/18928 9.php?contentType=4&contentId= 294899 but what's "Michigan IT Report"? Google can't find it. Is there a website?

Did you mean GLITR?

(Message edited by Jimaz on April 12, 2007)
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Psip
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Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 6:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thats it Jimaz. Sorry I got the name wrong. (it was late when I posted it)
They have a daily news letter, its not bad, some interesting tidbits.
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Jimaz
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Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 6:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Psip, no problem. You had me wondering if there were a new organization I'd missed! :-)

I didn't know of their newsletter. Thanks.

(Message edited by Jimaz on April 12, 2007)
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Psip
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Posted on Friday, April 20, 2007 - 2:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Karmanos calls for government consolidation, right-to-work

Compuware Corp. CEO Peter Karmanos Jr. was his usual plain-spoken self Thursday morning at the latest Pancakes and Politics breakfast at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Well, OK, blunt.

Karmanos said Michigan's biggest problem is too much government, which he said is a product of balkanization of the state into too many local units of government, and too much unionization.

Karmanos called it "silly" that the Detroit metro area has more than 100 each of police and fire departments. And he called "stupid" the number of public school districts in the city.

"We have balkanized the political division of this region to the point where it is absolutely ridiculous," Karmanos said. "The boundaries of Detroit haven't changed since 1926. They were set up and frozen because of racial issues back then... and we have handicapped our entire community with stupid new public school districts that cost the people who send their kids there a fortune, for mediocre education compared to what I got in Detroit in the '50s."

Karmanos also ripped unions and company-funded pensions, saying big companies "all have these plans that don't make any sense." He praised North Carolina's labor laws -- where he owns the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes -- where, he said, it's "illegal for a teacher to join a union." He called the Michigan Education Association and other public employee unions "fiscally irresponsible."

That said, Karmanos expressed sympathy for Gov. Jennifer Granholm and other politicians for their troubles in balancing the state budget. He said eight of the world's top 10 companies are auto-related -- either auto companies or oil companies. And since Michigan is so dependent on that sector, "when those companies are hurt, it's going to be tough for anybody to have an economically viable budget for the state."

But, he added a criticism: "It's amusing... when you finally get to the point where it's either raise taxes or cut services, we get threatened that the things that are going to be cut are going to be health, schools and taking care of welfare people, so you better pay more taxes."

And basically, Karmanos said neither the government nor private companies can afford to offer workers pensions. (Left unasked and unsaid: what we do instead for people who don't save enough on their own.)

You can listen to about 12 minutes of the event at http://www.wwj.com/play_window .php?audioType=Episode&audioId =645651.
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Cmubryan
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Posted on Friday, April 20, 2007 - 7:50 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pb cs.dll/article?AID=/20070419/U PDATE/704190449
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Rbdetsport
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Posted on Friday, April 20, 2007 - 8:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

God I Love Karmanos!!!!!
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Jerome81
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Posted on Friday, April 20, 2007 - 8:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wish the whole region felt that way.
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Lilpup
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Posted on Friday, April 20, 2007 - 10:23 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

(Left unasked and unsaid: what we do instead for people who don't save enough on their own.)

Logan's Run
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Formerspringgardener
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Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2007 - 12:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rbdetsport - You might not feel that way if you worked for Compuware. Up until a couple of years ago we had 6 holidays. Christmas Eve was added at that point.
After 5 years of service 3 weeks vacation and that is it. No matching 401k either.
He did bring the company downtown and I do give him credit for that move.
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Livernoisyard
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Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 6:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Compuware provided a job, and yet there is always going to be someone bitching at not getting enough socialism in the workplace. If one doesn't like working there, tough shit.

The solution is quite simple. Leave and let someone else work there.

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