Senate Votes For $900 Million in Cuts

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

In two separate votes, the state Senate voted to slash state spending by $900 million to partially tackle Michigan's $1.75-billion deficit for 2008.

Those cuts include $363 million to the school aid fund and more than $500 million from the state's general fund.

Areas like middle school math, at-risk programs and state human services would be affected.

The House still has to approve this plan before it would ever be enacted.

Governor Granholm has continued to say she will not approve such deep cuts.


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  • by Pam Location: Jackson on Sep 26, 2007 at 02:01 AM
    I DO NOT THINK THEY SHOULD CUT SCHOOL FUNDING AT ALL!!!!First of all, the teachers are not the ones getting the raises it is all the prinicpals secretaries, the secreataries secretaries, the supertendents and the bus transporation get better pay than the teacheres. It is the teachers that are teaching our kids not anyone else. The money from the lottery here is suppose go straight to the schools but majority of that goes to the politicians and the big named schools but not to the schools that are in small towns. JPS has closed alot of their elementary school buildings because of enrollment issues plus cuts in the funding from the state already ofver the years. Now what schools are open the class size is getting bigger.I say cut the supertendents pay and the politicians pay before they even cut the school funding. It was done that way back in my homestate before and they ended up having money to use for the schools at the end of the fiscal year.I am tired of the schools got to cut clas
  • by AJ Location: Leslie on Sep 25, 2007 at 02:39 PM
    They should eliminate income tax for individuals and companies domiciled within Michigan and instead raise the sales tax by a couple of points. This way, they will attract new businesses to the state, increase the tax base, and make people like drug dealers pay their fare share of taxes.
  • by Glen Location: Leslie on Sep 25, 2007 at 09:13 AM
    Hey Teacher in Lansing, I don't agree whith cutting math either but face it, YOU are a big part of the promlem. You receive a full years salary yet work only 9 months with a couple more weeks off. Your benifit package is almost as extravagant as the legislatures. Come on. What is it just 5 yrs service until you qualify for retirement benifits with medical? Why not work year round for your annual salary like the rest of the working class? Then you would'nt need extra mone earmarked for math because you'd have 3 more months a year to teach it. And tenure, don't get me started! I say reward the good teachers who are performing to a measured standard and get rid of the ones who are not. So if the school system & legislature were compensated like the rest of the working class, and we cut the pork spending it would go a long way to balancing the budget WITHOUT new taxes. And to Danielle from Williamston, the Democrats haven't passed ANYTHING without a tax increase. That was the Rebpublicans.
  • by shelley Location: lansing on Sep 25, 2007 at 09:11 AM
    Go ahead cut the school funding. The schools are a money pit anyway. They need more and more and more and more and guess what? They are not producing very good results. Many people are putting kids in charter schools. Although these are still state funded they offer far better education the the enormous public schools. I personally am home schooling my kids because I am tired of the low end education in the public schools.In other states they have far less districts so they don't have as many duplicate postions. We should reorganize the districts and simplify. Then maybe the public schools can focus on their job. Teaching and not getting more money.
  • by Stacy Location: Lansing on Sep 25, 2007 at 08:23 AM
    I dont understand it the Lotto which is for the schools are at record amounts and yet schools and school budgets are being cut. My question is WHERE is the money going? You can check out the Goverment website for the amount of money the lotto has created for the " schools" the last couple years. Pretty sad I think!
  • by Rick Location: Stockbridge on Sep 25, 2007 at 08:06 AM
    Vanessa in Parma, obviously didn't read the story, or she would know that Gov.Granholm isn't responsible for any positive progress in establishing a balanced budget. John in Jackson is exactly right. Politicains play a lot of games with symantics. A reduction in planned increases is NOT a cut...at least not in the real world. People in this state had better pay close attention, and voice their opinions to their representatives, and remind them that THEY work for US! As far as I know, bureaucrats are the only ones that can go to their bosses and extract a raise, or an increased budget on demand. I can't. And, if I try, I'll end up going hungry. Maybe they should try....then armed with recall petitions, we can FIRE THEM!
  • by Jenni Location: Jackson on Sep 25, 2007 at 05:55 AM
    This is insane!!! How can these so called "Michigan Leaders" even consider cutting funding to schools and publ;ic saftey. The children are our future and they are destroying it. The funny thing is there has never been anything metioned about cutting their pay and cutting their benefits and they are the ones that got MIchigan in the horrible mess they are in. They were should be ashamed of themselves, but they don't care about Michigan citizens, they only care about their paycheck and how theses cuts will "NOT" affect them or their families.
  • by jeff Location: lansing on Sep 24, 2007 at 04:26 PM
    we need and want more jobs in mich.business taxes need to be low enough to attract companies.which leaves higher taxes other places,meaning people.but people don't want to pay higher taxes.they want cuts to social programs,these are our choices the way they explain it.and thoes cuts are bad and will hurt all of us one way or the other.they are NOT going to take a pay cut or anything that will hurt there life style.thats been proven in the gov all over the world.right or wrong does not matter.rep or dem don't matter.wait till they say NO tax refunds,would that make us happier.what we want and how we are going to pay for it is the subject at hand.whats more important? can't have our cake and eat it to.
  • by Roy Sachjen Location: Parma on Sep 24, 2007 at 03:33 PM
    The politicians in Lansing need to cut their salaries just like local workers have been asked by their employers. The State is pretty bad shape and the politicians need to look in their own backyard before coming to ours. Concerning the strike at GM, I hope that the workers can keep their healthcare that is promised for when they retire. The CEO's have their golden umbrellas when they leave their jobs. They need to back up the workers (ie.healthcare) that earned the money that the CEO's take away without any regard for the workers.
  • by Roy Sachjen Location: Parma on Sep 24, 2007 at 03:33 PM
    The politicians in Lansing need to cut their salaries just like local workers have been asked by their employers. The State is pretty bad shape and the politicians need to look in their own backyard before coming to ours. Concerning the strike at GM, I hope that the workers can keep their healthcare that is promised for when they retire. The CEO's have their golden umbrellas when they leave their jobs. They need to back up the workers (ie.healthcare) that earned the money that the CEO's take away without any regard for the workers.
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