Senate Democratic Leader Criticizes Snyder Budget Proposal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer says Gov. Rick Snyder's budget plan appears to put a big burden on kids and seniors citizens to help fund business tax cuts.

Whitmer, of East Lansing, says Thursday morning that based on details already released it appears "traditional winners and losers" are being picked. The Republican governor presents the plan to lawmakers Thursday. Whitmer says she hopes the plan includes enough detail.

Michigan has the nation's most generous tax credits for seniors, and the governor's proposal calls for eliminating the exemption on their pensions. The plan also would cut spending for public schools. It would give businesses a $1.8 billion tax break.

Snyder is asking for shared sacrifice as he seeks to make up a $1.4 billion budget gap with the budget overhaul.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2011 at 09:39 AM
    Many up Gretchen, That is what our governeor is doing.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2011 at 02:43 PM
    If he wants to give up his pay check,so be it .He has money.But I don't buy it that it is that easy to refuse to be paid.However.many up there in upper gov should of lost some of their pay.I don't think all his ideas will help as much as they will hurt some people.Time will tell.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    It is putting a big burden on everyone. We can not dig our way out of this hole by borrowing and stealing from the future. Snyder plan does favor business for one reason. Businesses create jobs that hire people that are collecting unemployment that is taxing the companies that can not hire people.
  • by Bill on Feb 17, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    So?? What does she propose to solve the problem? It's special that she disagrees, making an attempt to solve the problem is another thing. I'm not happy that so much has to be cut, but what are the options?
  • by not a pundit on Feb 17, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    so would it be out of line to expect that this shared sacrifice should start in the private sector and not the public sector? how does it work that companies still get huge tax cuts, but individuals aren't as important. I bet dollars to donuts this corruptocrat is accepting kickbacks in the form of PAC money. Were that to be found out to be true, and inscrutable I think I know someone that would be swinging from the statue of the sniper on capital avenue.
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