Governor's Budget Details

Governor Snyder's office has released the details of his state budget proposal. The following is an unedited release sent to WILX from the governor's office.

Governor Snyder unveils recommended budget to provide foundation for Michigan’s reinvention.

LANSING, MI – Governor Rick Snyder today presented to the Legislature his 2012 executive budget and a 2013 projected budget that brings state spending into line without any one-time funding fixes and creates a tax system that is simple, fair and efficient for both businesses and citizens.

Snyder, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and State Budget Director John Nixon outlined the recommendation to a joint session of the House and Senate appropriations, finance and tax policy committees.

“This is a comprehensive plan to lay a new, sound foundation for Michigan’s reinvention and put an end to the significant budget deficits that state has experienced for the past decade,” Snyder said. “It reflects difficult but necessary decisions that will result in a shared sacrifice, but ultimately will benefit citizens, families and communities through the economic growth and job creation that is generated. By stimulating the economy while preserving core, essential services and ensuring a safety net for those who are vulnerable, we’ll all move forward together.”

The Snyder plan restructures Michigan’s tax system, which includes the promised elimination of the Michigan Business Tax, to be replaced with a flat Corporate Income Tax set at 6 percent. The plan includes the scheduled reduction in the individual income tax rate from 4.35 percent to 4.25 percent. Because Michigan is one of only three states in the nation that exempts most or all of earned pension income, Snyder’s plan will broaden the base of taxpayers by including those earning private and public pensions. In addition, the plan eliminates all credits and deductions related to the individual income tax with the exception of the personal exemption, homestead property tax credit and other minor subtractions.

“This plan allows Michigan to emerge as a stronger, more vibrant state,” Calley added. “Our commitment to truth in budgeting requires the state to live within its means. This is the course correction that is needed to help businesses succeed and ensure that our citizens will have good-paying jobs. We are sending a loud message that Michigan is open, fair and stable for business.”

Highlights of the recommended budget include:

· The creation of a State Education Act that uses State School Aid Fund revenue as well as General Fund dollars to support the state’s education system all the way through to higher education, while protecting community college funding.
· Medicaid eligibility is maintained and provider reimbursement rates are supported without reductions to preserve health care and access for those most vulnerable.
· A Medicaid budget that is funded at $11.2 billion, reflecting the institution of a new 1 percent health care insurance assessment on all paid health care and dental insurance claims.
· The preservation of over $1.4 billion in funding for programs that assist nearly 55,000 special education students, as well as $1.2 billion for core education programs such as services for academically at-risk students and adult education.
· Protection of student financial aid at fiscal year 2011 levels ($51.5 million) while creating the Pathway to Higher Education grant, to be awarded to needy qualifying students at public or private schools.
· An elimination of statutory revenue sharing payments for cities, villages and townships in fiscal year 2012 to be replaced with a new incentive-based revenue sharing program available to cities, villages and townships that meet state standards and adopt best practices. A 4-percent increase for total of $659 million for constitutional revenue sharing payments to local units of government.
· Dedication of $2.6 billion in both 2012 and 2013 to state and local bridge construction and maintenance projects.
· A lifetime limit of 48 months with exemptions for incapacity and hardship for families receiving cash assistance through the Department of Human Services’ Family Independence Program.
· A restructuring of Department of State Police field services, allowing for the strategic closure of police posts across the state and the consolidation of dispatch centers and forensic laboratories.
· The creation of the IT Innovation Fund for technology improvements that create savings in state government and the creation of the Quality of Place Fund for the arts and cultural development.
· Administrative efficiencies in the Department of Corrections, including competitive bidding of food services and the elimination of the public works program.
· The elimination of the dairy farm inspection program within the Department of Agriculture, with that responsibility assumed by industry field representatives certified by the department to ensure food safety and public health.
· Revenue adjustments and administrative efficiencies in the Department of Environmental Quality, making programs self-supportive relative to the cost of regulation.
· Expansion of self-service options within the Department of State.
· The elimination of six trial court judgeships in the Judiciary budget.
· Employee concessions to be negotiated with represented employee organizations that result in savings of $180 million.
· The elimination of the Michigan Film Credit, to be replaced with a $25 million grant program recommended for appropriation in the Michigan Strategic Fund budget.
· Allocation of $134 million to local governments as grants and loans for environmental cleanup and pollution prevention, including $25 million for Great Lakes restoration efforts.
· A total of $670 million for work force training and development programs.
· A total of $340 million for regulatory and consumer protection.
· A total of $75 million for the 21st Century Jobs Fund to promote economic development.
· A total of $25 million for the Pure Michigan campaign to promote Michigan and enhance tourism.

“We’ve made tough decisions and I would call this a very responsible budget,” said Nixon. “I think it’s pretty clear that we are done kicking the can down the road, and I think a huge part of this story is that we are taking the first step to addressing Michigan’s burgeoning unfunded post-employment liabilities by putting aside $400 million in a special reserve fund.”

The Snyder administration will now work in partnership with the members of the Michigan House and Senate to enact the budget.

The governor’s recommended budget and related material are available online at

SOURCE: State of Michigan Executive Office

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  • by on Mar 13, 2011 at 06:16 AM
    Thanks Adolf!! This is how dictatorships begin!! Learn your history or you are doomed to repeat it sheepole!! Taxing the elderly and working poor, cutting education and giving the nearly 2 billion dollars aquired from these actions is not sharing the sacrifices!! Also in this bill: The taking over of cities and towns dissolving their govenments and giving the control of said to large corporations!? Hitler got his power by passing laws a few at a time until it was to late!
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      by matt on Mar 26, 2011 at 05:38 AM in reply to
      The only Hitler impersonator I see is in the Whitehouse. Wake up to the fiscal reality that we are broke. Give the Governor a chance.
  • by non anonymous on Feb 19, 2011 at 07:55 AM
    They are coming after ALL pensions, and it won't matter where you move to in the U.S. Good news though, Snyder will be bringing jobs back but at sub servant wages.
  • by Anonymous Location: Michigan on Feb 18, 2011 at 08:18 PM
    Rick, did you see what the proposal will cost, however? $1.8 BILLION a year to "fix" the business tax structure. It's not broken, don't fix it. And definitely not at the cost of education, helping the poor and elderly and protecting Michigan's citizens.
  • by Watson Location: Michigan on Feb 18, 2011 at 02:40 PM
    I'm very upset that the governor would impose a tax on my meager teacher retirement. When I started teaching over 45 years ago, I was told (but not in writing) that I wouldn't make a great salary but my retirement wouldn't be taxed, so I quit my job in the factory at $9,000 and started teaching at $4500 per year. Guess dedication and statements from politicians 46 years ago doesn't mean anything today. Guess I'll just have to move my residency to Florida where retirement isn't taxed. What is with the Governor anyway giving business a break and expecting a select group (retirees) to pay for it? Shame on you Governor! ! ! To Wilx no I didn't read your 4722 word Terms of use statement that is written at a 17.5 grade level of Legal-ease.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Feb 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM
    Dave from Jackson is correct. For years, taxpayers have been held hostage by parents of special needs children who demanded excessive services for their children. No one has ever dared say 'no' to them for fear of being labeled insensitive. Everyone in Michigan is finally being forced to face some tough realities, the special needs community included.
  • by Francyne Location: Lansing Michigan on Feb 18, 2011 at 07:55 AM
    I disagree I am i special ed student and what mean im one of "those" students and i dont appreciate being called one of "those" students because we should get treated the same way as others we are smarter than other to be truthful.
  • by Jodie Location: Holt on Feb 17, 2011 at 05:34 PM
    Guess what Dave! I am a tax paying member of society with one of "those" students. How dare you! My child has just as much right as anyone else to an education. Why is it that when people look to cut funding from programs they always target the populations who are the most vulnerable? Apparently, you have no idea what is required to care for special needs children. Your comment is not only ignorant but offensive.
  • by Mari Location: Lansing on Feb 17, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    In response to Dave from Jackson:You are the one broken. Maybe you should go to a few schools and talk to some special ed children. Most of them are just like you and I and can function in society just fine and pay taxes too. I hope you never have children or grandchildren that have a disability, I don't think you would be able to deal with it.
  • by Penny Location: Lansing on Feb 17, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    Regarding Dave's comment:Posted by: dave Location: jackson on Feb 17, 2011 at 01:32 PM 1.4 Billion for 55,000 special education students equals $25,454 per student. That means we spend 20 times more on those types of "students" than we do on students who will actually become productive tax-paying members of society. Something is broken. Who are those types of students? I have 2 daughters that have received Special Education services. When you look at them they are as normal as any other kid. I believe you need to take some classes about discrimination, prejudice, stereotyping.
  • by Rick Location: Shelby on Feb 17, 2011 at 02:27 PM
    The big problem is that the left, after 8 years of Governor Jenny continually pushing the REAL decisions down the road for the grown-ups to handle, is in trouble now that they have finally run out of other peoples money! :) The funny part is how the elimination of the SBT is presented by the media as pandering to "big business". The proposed replacement tax aimed at businesses that actually make a PROFIT makes a LOT more sense if the goal is to tax big business! (IMAGINE THAT...actually TAXING GM and Chrysler when they make Billion$ and can give out bonuses before they have even paid back their debts.) The only problem I see is that Snyder never went far enough in his proposal to tax pensions. In our world where we've all been encouraged (rightfully) to self-fund 401k's and IRA's for 30 years, it makes no sense to only tax private pensions and not public (union) pensions also. Michigan is one of only 4 states in the nation that does not tax the vast majority of pensions.
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