Snyder Budget Proposals

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

In a Wednesday press conference, Governor-elect Rick Snyder announced the reappointment of Kirk Steudle as the Department of Transportation Director, and Lt. Colonel Kristie Etue as the first female Director of the Michigan State Police.

But, the elephant in the room was and is this state's $1.7 billion budget deficit.

"We're looking for value for money, that's what I have said from day one," Rick Snyder said Wednesday. "We need to look at government being more efficient, providing a higher level of service at a lower cost."

But how do you get there? Snyder did not go into specifics Wednesday, but reiterated his campaign promise to reform the Michigan Business Tax.

"Our whole platform was dealing with the MBT, that would be the whole start to our tax reforms," he said.

He also said he would consider closing some current tax loopholes to gain revenue, but wasn't too keen on the idea of an all-out tax increase.

"This is not the time to be dealing with tax increases," Snyder said.

Snyder plans to come out with a two-year budget proposal, much earlier than usual, hoping the legislature would pass it by July 1.

But it's one thing to have ideas and, as other governor's have found out, quite another to get it past the legislature, and with such a large budget deficit looming, it won't be easy.

"You never know, I look forward to working with him and I think others do as well," Rep. Barb Byrum said.

Representative Byrum, in the democratic minority come January, said she's willing to hear the Governor-elect's new reform ideas.

"I am more than willing to balance the budget early for once," she said.

Rick Snyder also took the time Wednesday to announce a new law enforcement panel he is putting together to look at making Michigan's law enforcement services more effective state-wide.

Ingham County prosecutor Stuart Dunnings and future Attorney General Bill Schuette are among some of the members of the panel.

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  • by Karen on Dec 24, 2010 at 06:20 PM
    This discussion has a French Revolution feel. Instead of letting them eat cake we will let them eat bologna
  • by Saraphina on Dec 24, 2010 at 03:25 PM
    I would like to see Staten government focus primarily on economic growth. The lack of a diverse economy has plagued the State for decades. Lithium batteries is more of the same chains of bondage to the auto industry which is just more bologna
  • by Maggie on Dec 24, 2010 at 02:20 PM
    Any government imposed programs like the Byrum Bologna plan will result in economic dead weight loss in the economy
  • by Spartan Alumni on Dec 24, 2010 at 12:25 PM
    Maybe this bologna plan can be made part of the Prison Industry program. One can send the rendering trucks to the prisons to make bologna. You can make and consume the bologna at the prisons.
  • by Gene Location: Holt on Dec 24, 2010 at 11:18 AM
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa Co. Arizona has conservative approaches to inmates. Maybe the Bologna plan has some merit?
  • by Tammi on Dec 23, 2010 at 08:47 PM
    I think the State legislature should consider taking a salary cut of their own. I am sure this would save more money than what seems to be the Dem's plan below. Really? A bologna for prisoners plan by Barb Byrum?
  • by Dakota on Dec 23, 2010 at 08:34 PM
    I believe in the Democratic cause. If the Byrum Bologna Plan (BBP)from Bret's post is the best budget plan then I will support the Democratic leaderhip
  • by Zora on Dec 23, 2010 at 08:28 PM
    I does not appear that the Democrats will be taking cost control and economic growth seriously. Why else would they send one of their least effective legislators to comments on a critical article of this nature. Evidently, based on the comments below, the most sophisticated plan the Democrats is buying cheap bologna at Sams or COSTCO
  • by Randy on Dec 23, 2010 at 08:19 PM
    Snyder has successfully run a large company. Although the complexity of a large business has application to state government -- State politicians do not go through the standard hiring practices of a Fortune 500 company... Is there collection of people in State government that will be able to understand his proposals???? A great example is highlighted in the below posts.... Does he have a prayer of being successful when we have people in State government such as Barb Byrum that believe feeding prisoners cheap bologna will fix the State budget issues?
  • by Rex on Dec 23, 2010 at 08:04 PM
    I suggest that if WILX and other media outlets are interested in getting to the bottom of the Barb Byrum bologna plan, they should see if the Center for Michigan (John Bebow) has conducted any background reporting or research
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