State Budget Woes Continue

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan's bleak state budget situation likely will continue in the fiscal year that starts in October 2010.

The nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency projects that tax revenue will continue to fall largely because of Michigan's struggling economy. A report released Tuesday estimates that the state's general fund and school aid fund combined could be more than $1.8 billion short for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

The report says state officials will have to make "very significant" spending cuts unless state taxes are increased.

Money from the federal stimulus package and a small carry-over surplus could help officials avoid big cuts in the current budget year.

The fiscal agency estimates that the state's unemployment rate could average 16.1 percent in 2010.


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  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Jan 20, 2010 at 05:06 AM
    I really get a chuckle out of reading the "solutions" to the fiscal mess Michigan is in. The sugguestions always lead to more and more revenue instead of facing the facts. ALL levels of Governments are grossly overpaid, and must take substantial reductions in pay and benefits. Lets get real, a government that has employes that are making way more than the taxpayers that support them is out of kilter and must be restructured. Get it done NOW. Thank you Ricardo
  • by Ron Location: Lansing on Jan 2, 2010 at 06:55 AM
    I don't see any other option to solving the problem other than raising the state sales tax 1%.. Some programs we can't afford to cut and 1st of all schools. Mike Bishop could careless as he going out anyway along with his buddy Andy Dillon.. We get rid of a couple more of those dead heads in the capital we will probally come to an answer to these short falls. Things are gonna come back 1% would be huge revenue for the state but these dead heads in the capital have to use the extra revenue correctly.. These lobby morons need to stay out of it.. Insurance companies, gas companies, utility co. will do fine so keep their hands off it..
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2009 at 07:03 AM
    Our state govenment is a bunch of idoits! All of them!
  • by anonymous Location: michigan on Dec 26, 2009 at 11:13 PM
    Us unemployed are not going away. Our familys know its not our fault. We are gonna be ok. You business criminals and govt officials that caused this problem are gonna lose your standard of living. More crimes are committed with a pen than with a gun.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 26, 2009 at 07:54 AM
    Mich is going to be worse in the future.Watch as the government ruins more things with their not so smart brains.Not just one party or the other.Jenn and her socialist ways has made Dems look bad.Who will mess up Mich more?We need someone who knows how to get jobs here.The way Mich is now so many things has to be changed.Some one who cares about all people not just certain ones.Some one who taxes all fare not bleeds one income over another.Business taxes must help businesses not run them out of business or out of this state.We need to attract businesses not make them avoid Mi.When some one gets in office that cares about the whole state and not about the pay they get.Greed destroys and Mi is proof of that.People with big money spends big money.Foolishly many times.That leads to broke states with no jobs.Look at MI.What a mess we are in.
  • by joe Location: Mi on Dec 26, 2009 at 07:00 AM
    If our not so smart government would of done the right things to get jobs in MI as soon as jenn took office we wouldn't be having all these issues in MI.They keep blaming it on the auto companies in MI.The problems started way before they messed up.Decline in Jobs have ruined other jobs.People can't buy what they don't have money to buy.There are things they could put tax on that would raise money,but they rather keep the rich richer and put all the taxing on the little guy.The ones in office don't get how to do things.Cuts are their only answer.How many things keep jobs out of Mi?We do know one thing is fact.No cuts in upper gov pay.No jobs coming into Mi for yrs.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 24, 2009 at 06:01 AM
    Sad part is it will take years for Michigan to recover.Many states can learn what not to do from Mich.I know the car companies had problems mainly caused from greed.Jobs started leaving Mi before that.The single business tax closed many.People can't buy with no jobs.So that looses tax money to work with.Our government for the last so many years has ruined MI.All they do or don't do has lead to a state with poverty all over.It is not them loosing jobs,but the people.Money takes care of money and taxing in Mi makes sure of that.Anything to get votes and kiss certain one B****.Mich will get worse.Business are avoiding Mi for many reasons.Thanks all those serving us with OUR TAX MONEY.You have made a big mess of a once great state.
  • by Steven Location: Jackson on Dec 23, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    Michigan sucks. The people running this state should be put in prison.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2009 at 06:45 PM
    Getting jobs into mich would be the answer.Something that hasn't been done for about 8 yrs now.Don't that tell the government something?Nothing from nothing still means nothing.How many JOBS left MI the last 7 yrs?Why did they?Bet it has something with the way Mi has been run.Some get tax breaks and not all got the smoking ban.Gee I really think taxing bottled water and raising alcohol tax like they did on tobacco could be the start of a few taxes.Now we hear this threat no money next yr.The people of MI like all those NOT WORKING knew this a long time ago.So where has our government been?Teachers being laid off,some closing of schools,furlough days.All says pay loss,tax loss.I don't get why the government continues to cut the throats of tax payers.It may mean a big drop in pay for them,sooner than they think.We need to VOTE about their pay.Paying people to RUIN a state makes no sense.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    State could save a great deal of money if we went with a part time legislature. They pay themselves to much, waste a lot of time, and accomplish nothing. They can not get the money from tax payers. We can not afford to give them any more. They for years gave big tax breaks to the Auto makers, and also the Casino's. Let them go after them for money.The state is trying to get blood from rock if they try taxing us any more.
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