State Budget: What To Cut?

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

They're decisions that could change the lives of thousands in a hurry.

"It's just that these are really tough decisions," Rep. Joan Bauer says.

Because all of the low hanging fruit has already been cut.

"It's just that we've been cutting or trying to rearrange state government on a small scale--we've been chewing around the corners of the cookie for around eight years, and it just has never gotten any better," Rep. Paul Opsommer explains.

And now the legislature knows it's time to get down to the nitty gritty, it's the only option when a $1.8 million shortfall has to be erased before the first of October.

The fate of the promise scholarship and the future of a lot of students are on the line says Representative Barb Byrum.

"When the state of Michigan makes a promise to recent grads, we need to keep that promise, if you want a strong state, the last thing you do is attack education, when you want a good future you don't attack education," Byrum tells us.

Another sticking point over at the Capital is what's supposed to be the new MSP headquarters-- Rep. Rick Jones says it makes no sense to allow state police to move in-- in Michigan's current state.

"There's nothing wrong with that building and we should stay there to 2030," Jones explains.

Because he says it makes no since to cut troopers, yet have a brand new building for the remaining to work in, but Rep. Bauer says it's possible to have the best of both worlds.

"We have to find the money to save those jobs and also go ahead with the building," Bauer explains.


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  • by Chris Location: dug out cave in mason on Jun 29, 2009 at 08:37 AM
    Empires have fallen in the past after people were taxed beyond their ability to pay. Stay divided and keep practicing every man for himself and see what happens.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    I am sorry that I can not turn over all of the pay check to they state and federal government. They already get over 1/3 of it with every possible tax they can think. They get another 1/6 because they tax the people i buy from.
  • by local resident on Jun 28, 2009 at 04:14 PM
    Sarah, what a GREAT idea. Let's cut education and focus on jobs that do not need an educated work force. Then we can have a state full of fast food employees and other low paying, part time jobs. That is a great way to rebuild our economy. This crisis did not come about overnight. Getting out of it will not happen overnight. Education is KEY to Michigan's economy improving for the long term--which is what we all need and want.
  • by Citizen Location: Jackson on Jun 26, 2009 at 10:29 AM
    Instead of cutting education, why not make all districts lengthen their days and shorten the school year to Memorial Day? The transportation and utilities costs would save tens of thousands of dollars per district, and the state would benefit from the additional tourism because families could travel during the long weekend.
  • by Sarah Location: Leslie on Jun 26, 2009 at 09:40 AM
    Cut education. I say this because jobs are hard to come by and many college grads aren't finding any jobs anyways. So why invest in education? Privatize some state programs such as the lottery. Make government smaller, not bigger. Bring jobs to this state that most anyone can do without needing a college education. This way more people have a chance to work. Just bringing "green" jobs is setting the bar too high for this state. People need to work now, not wait 4 years of college then work.
  • by Bernice Location: Holt on Jun 26, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    Since everyone is required to make a cut, why is it that the legislature isn't taking a cut in pay. At this point in Michigan's history I don't see a need for a full time legislature.
  • by Mel Location: Perry on Jun 25, 2009 at 11:19 PM
    Why don't they have all state workers (except police and prison guards) only work 32 hours per week, no over time. My husband's shop did that. It sucks pay wise, but with every one else having to make cut backs, why can't they? Just think of the cost savings for not running their computers, lights and such!!! Why are they so much more special than the rest of us?????
  • by Brad Location: Dansville on Jun 25, 2009 at 06:05 PM
    iI HAVE A GREAT IDEA GET RID OF THE FULL TIME MONEY SPONGES THAT MAKE ALL OF THOSE SENSELESS CUTS TO ALL MICHIGANDERS AND AT THE SAME TIME VOTE TO FILL THERE OWN POCKETS!! ITS TIME TO TAKE BACK ARE STATE GET RID OF THEM JOKERS PARTIME GOVERNMENT ONLY MAKES SENSE
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