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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