Ballot Deadline Passes, Still No State Budget

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Long closed-door meetings and public pressure have failed to resolve Michigan's state government budget crisis.

The state Senate and state House met into the night but failed to reach a deal on filling an estimated $1.7 billion shortfall in the budget year that starts Oct. 1.

Thursday was the deadline for placing any part of a money-raising plan before Michigan voters in November.

Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop blamed each other for a possible state government shutdown.

Money-raising proposals including adding a penny to the sales tax and temporarily raising the income tax by seven-10ths of a percentage point.

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  • by Jerry Location: Haslett on Sep 10, 2007 at 07:43 AM
    I have numerous neighbors in senior management positions with the State that tell me there is still so much waste and room to cut budgets. Also, drive thru any college campus, including MSU, and it looks like they are building new cities. New roads, new buildings. Also, MSU employees con't to pay no co-pays for their health insurance. So, there is plenty of room to make some cuts in the Universities budgets.
  • by frank Location: lansing on Sep 9, 2007 at 03:28 PM
    what happens if the state just shuts down.explain that please.
  • by Rick Location: Stockbridge on Sep 9, 2007 at 11:08 AM
    If they can't balance the budget (as required in our state Constitution), they should shut down the state government. At least they won't be spending money that they don't have. The people of this state are constantly being threatened by our own elected officials. If it's not taxes, then it's some mysterious governmental shut down, that I can't see impacting me as badly as higher taxes. Higher taxes cost jobs, homes, and good people. Higher taxes are how spending/consumerism is curbed, and does nothing to boost our economy. Does anyone understand how wrong this all is? Don't elected officials work for us? We should be the ones making threats. I for one, am ready to start signing every recall petition that I see!
  • by sam Location: lansing on Sep 9, 2007 at 10:00 AM
    there may be many answers out there.getting both parties to agree has been a problem for howlong? no one wants more taxes,if they can't pay them now,can't pay more taxes in the futuer why ask for more.don't make sense does it, how many still owe taxes?find ways to lower rents,housepayments,utilities cost,gas prices,grocery prices,home,car,and health insurances, then we'd have money to live and pay's a thought.anyone agree?
  • by Robert Location: Munith, MI on Sep 9, 2007 at 08:16 AM
    Teachers retirement & health fund has $50 billion plus and liabilities of $7 billion. In 2006 income was $4 billion interest, $1.6 billion from taxpayers and some millions from teachers. Net increase in fund assets was $3.6 billion after payouts. We have the money to balance the budget already collected from taxpayers. Senate majority leader has been faxed information as well as my Rep.
  • by pam Location: Jackson on Sep 7, 2007 at 04:46 PM
    What an novel idea to balance the budget, stop all non-essential expenses. they should include all legislation and executive offices. They get real motivated when they start worrying about their next payment.
  • by worried Location: Lansing on Sep 7, 2007 at 12:23 PM
    I'm worried about how to pay my taxes RIGHT NOW let alone if they raise them yet AGAIN! The democrats need to STOP blaming Republicans for their messes, that's getting really old! Here's my solution to the whole mess: I vote to pass House Bills 4262 and 4263 reinstating good time credits for inmates which would produce hundreds of early releases. (Non-violent offenders, of course) Those not eligible would not be released, it's that simple. Also, if they are repeat offenders or continue to break the rules while incarcerated they are not eligible for early release. Very simply put, the ones who behave themselves could be paroled early - the ones who don't won't. Why are so many people afraid of this solution? It will ultimately save the state hundreds of thousands of dollars. Plus, these people are required to seek and find employment so they will be paying monies back INTO the system instead of digging us into a deeper hole. Any thoughts?
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