What's Next in Budget Process

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Since presenting his budget last Thursday, the governor said he's been working hard to promote it.

"Not sure if I would use the word sell," Snyder said Tuesday. "I believe it's the right thing and people will embrace it. It's about more good communication, that's a lot of what I've been doing already."

Now it's in the hands of the legislature.

House Speaker Jase Bolger said they've asked for and gotten more details from Snyder's office. Soon the appropriations committee meets to hammer out each budget bill.

"They will get through the process and work out the details in the next three months," Bolger said.

It's a similar process in the Senate, but before it gets there, the Republican Caucus met with the Senate Fiscal Agency Tuesday afternoon.

"They're going through numbers, looking at the budget in its entirety," Matt Marsden, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville's spokesman, said. "We'll be here the rest of the day to see how we can move forward."

One thing the legislature wants is specifics. Many lawmakers say they will not support a 'rolled up' budget, that's where the departments get a certain amount of money, then department heads dole it out.

"The legislature has an obligation to make sure we have a proper account of where the money is going and how it's appropriated," Marsden said.

The protests that happened in front of the Capitol Tuesday did not go unnoticed by lawmakers, many of whom said they want to reassure their constituents, that their voices are not going unheard.

"This is part of democracy," Snyder said. "I hope we have this dialog in a civilized manner."

Now begins the hard part: compromise.

"We're already hearing from this group or that group that doesn't like this piece or that piece," Bolger said, "but we have to be sure we're all focused on the big picture which is turning Michigan around."

Republican leadership says it is certainly possible to get the budget finished and passed by May 31st like the Governor wants, but there is no guarantee, even with one party in power.

Marsden said he believes the budget will be completed earlier than previous years for sure.

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  • by dave Location: Mid mich on Mar 5, 2011 at 06:40 AM
    Our new gov. needs to grow some b- (guts) and get tough! yes, just like wis., ohio, ind. ,It's maybe to late for mich. to even partly recover! Sorry fellow michiganders, but the jobs are never comming back!! So the non private sector union people need to give it up.Your on the peoples payrole, yes us the taxpayer! Over paid teachers and state workers need to sacrifice like the rest of us have for the past 4 years!! They think they can keep getting paid at least one third higher than the avg. tax payer even when there's no money left and were broke! What gall and audacity these people have.So Mr. gov. rick, do your job! before these people take us all down!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 at 11:56 AM
    Save money by outsourcing incarcination to other states. The welfare families will follow them.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 at 03:16 AM
    JOB & MORE JOBS are the only way to FIX michigan & to keep all programs going that are needed.Lets work on 1 thing at a time.If we move to fast it will have bad results.
  • by anonymous on Feb 23, 2011 at 05:18 PM
    Cut incarcerations? Are you serious? The offenders they let out now can barely stay out less than a year before they reoffend. How about we drop them off to your neighborhood Lacy? Maybe you can babysit them!
  • by Jim Location: Lansing on Feb 22, 2011 at 06:30 PM
    Here's a suggestion to save the state money... do away with the Senate Majority Leader's spokesman. I've heard him he can speak for himself. While we are at it we can get rid of the House Speaker's spokesman too. Shared sacrifice anyone?
  • by Lacy on Feb 22, 2011 at 04:10 PM
    Cut Incarcerations Not EDUCATION ~!!
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