Mich. Politicians Go From Legislators to Lobbyists

The Michigan Capitol is shown at twilight Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, in Lansing, Mich. Lawmakers continue work on budget bills that deal with a $2.8 billion shortfall before an Oct. 1 deadline. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A review has found that most Michigan legislators have stayed in government or move into lobbying jobs during the 20 years that the state has had term limits for its House and Senate members.

The Detroit Free Press says its study has found that 23 percent of lawmakers stayed in state elected offices, 19 percent became lobbyists or consultants, 14 percent took other government jobs, and 13 percent entered business.

Scott Shackleton spent six years in the state House as a Republican from Sault Ste. Marie and now manages a golf course.

He says "Lansing is like a big deck of cards," with most people staying in town and merely switching jobs.

The newspaper bases its report on 291 lawmakers elected between 1992 and 2004.

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