An economist who 30 years ago helped create the state's Single Business Tax has been tapped to join Governor Granholm's cabinet as the new state treasurer.
Robert Kleine will replace Jay Rising, who resigned to become chief financial officer for the Detroit Medical Center hospital system.
Kleine figures to be heavily involved in trying to restructure or replace the Single Business Tax, the state's main business tax.
The Democratic governor and Republican-controlled Legislature have clashed over the issue in recent weeks.
Republicans want to see it eliminated earlier than planned, but Granholm wants assurances that a replacement tax won't cause cuts to state services like health care and higher education.