State of the State: What to Expect?

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Dan Doyle didn't vote for Governor Rick Snyder but says it won't take much to win him over.

"Most importantly I want to find out how he'll bring more jobs to the state and if he can do that he has my support," said Doyle.

The governor's office says his State of the State address will focus on job creation and the economy. President of Public Sector Consultants Peter Pratt says the speech will be positive.

"He may mention the need for sacrifice but it's going to be a much more uplifting 'we need to change the way we do things in Michigan; we need to believe in ourselves again,' that kind of tone," Pratt said.

Analysts say the governor needs to strike a delicate balance. They say he has to be uplifting and energetic yet serious about the state's $1.8 billion deficit.

"I also think he needs to lay the groundwork for at least as far as the state budget goes things are maybe going to get worse before they get better," Pratt said.

Lobbyist Bill Kandler says balancing the budget without new revenue, which snyder has promised to do, will mean cuts in places no one wants to hear about.

"Almost all the money in state gov is spent in four areas: higher ed, health care, etc. Those four areas are going to have to be cut, and it's a reality that's going to be hard for people to take," said Kandler.

"I know it's a tough job and some things have to go," said Doyle.

Pratt says the governor won't focus on cuts until he really has to.

"Where the rubber really hits the road is with the budget that's going to come out end of February, beginning of March," he said.

The argument is short term pain -- cuts -- will result in long term gain.

"The problem is the short term pain goes to the most vulnerable among us," said Kandler.

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  • by Heather Location: Jackson on Jan 18, 2011 at 06:33 AM
    We, the state workers, were in trouble the day they announced Snyder as Gov. We have given and the gov has taken for numerous years and we are tired of it. Leave our wages alone an start cutting the "higher" ups wages. No one in office deserves a wage increase while the middle class, schools, public safety (police & corrections), health and the needed programs continue to take major cuts. Middle clas families are struggling to make ends meet and cutting wages would only do more damage. The people in Lansinf apparently really have no idea what we (as corrections officers) go thru on a daily basis as well as police officers. We, have a thankless & dangerous job. Police officers run the same risks everyday. We both keep the public safe and not know if we are going to come home to our families everyday. Taking money from DOC and Public safety would be detramental to the public and to the officers. Leave the important parts alone (the ones mentioned above) and cut wages from the higher ups.
  • by Patricia Location: Laingsburg on Jan 18, 2011 at 04:12 AM
    I am afraid I have to agree with Jim. His new assistant is supposedly getting $250,000 for doing the job of two men. And how many assisstants does he have to help him with these two jobs? Maybe none, but many times these figures don't get published. Also, I am now reading about a surplus in the k-12 education budget that may or may not be used for community college budgets. The k-12 budgets have been cut for a decade now. I thought that money was earmarked for k-12. How about funding some of the mandated programs in k-12 that have never been funded?? How about solving some of those ongoing problems before giving away some of that funding to others on the whims of those who know nothing about the education of youngsters? It makes no sense to me...
  • by sam Location: dewitt on Jan 18, 2011 at 04:12 AM
    Looks like politics as usual in Lansing. Snyder states how he's going to get state workers pay "in line" with the private sector. So, what does he do, he gives his appointees raises for the same jobs the Granholm appointees were doing. More of the same, the rich get richer while the lower/middle classes will be used to balance the state's budget. Thought this administration might be different. How foolish was I?
  • by Karen Location: Jackson on Jan 18, 2011 at 03:56 AM
    I'm just wondering whether one of the cuts they will consider will be moving to a part-time legislature and cutting salaries in half......probably not. It is up to the rest of us from the middle class on down to "sacrifice."
  • by Jim Location: LANSING on Jan 17, 2011 at 07:46 PM
    The governors new department heads aren't going to feel the pain with the six figure salaries they are going to get. Looks like as usual the middle class state workers with modest salaries will have to feel the most pain and sacrifice.
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