Update: Michigan Promise Scholarship

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is giving a failing grade to some Republican senators' move to eliminate the Michigan Promise Scholarship for college students.
She told reporters Wednesday the attempt "will not stand."
Republicans on a Senate appropriations subcommittee Tuesday voted to eliminate the scholarship that gives $4,000 to thousands of college students. Backers say the move is needed to save the financially strapped state up to $140 million in the budget year that starts Oct. 1.
But Granholm says the state can't end the scholarship if it's to reach its goal of doubling the number of college graduates in a decade.
She says it also would be unfair to end the scholarship now because parents of eligible students already are counting on getting the money.


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  • by Kelli Location: Bay City on Dec 17, 2009 at 01:51 PM
    I, along with many other peolpe, both students and parents, am discusted by the decision to take this money away from students who have earned it. My daughter worker hard thru High Schoool, and got excellant grades. I believe that the cut could have been in a better place than our childrens education. We are struggling to pay for her tuition, and this scholarship , something we were counting on, would have been a major help. I agree with another concerned parent. The 2 representatives that voted against this "PROMISE", should be ashamed of themselves!
  • by Colleen Location: Petoskey on Jul 7, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    I have to totally agree here, I myself was planning on a portion of this tuition being paid. I feel that if my daughter earned this she should receive it. Had I known this I would have used it already, but chose to save it in case we hit the unemployment line as so many have. I think there is so many other ways to cut budgets versus taking our kids out of college. I thought our kids going to college was to make this a better place to live in the future. I would hope the 2 representatives that chose to be against this program feel good about their decisions.
  • by local resident on Jun 18, 2009 at 04:21 AM
    This isn't taxpayer money. It is tobacco settlement money. Taking this money away from students who have based their college attendance on it is wrong. If a student has already earned this money, and been given the award by the state, they should be able to have it. If a student has not yet taken the ACT/MME and has not been awarded this money, then the state should discontinue the program for those kids, until money becomes available.
  • by Ariel Location: Eaton Rapids on Jun 17, 2009 at 07:10 PM
    Are they crazy?? I am counting on that money, or I won't be able to attend my FIRST year of college. My family is already hurting, and there are lots of other ways the money can be raised, without doing this to college students when the next school year is so close to starting.
  • by Lucid1 Location: Ellijay Ga on Jun 17, 2009 at 04:51 PM
    hey david in lesley - Are you really that scared buddy? we need less education and MORE cops? Obviously a scared citizen like you did not attend college...unless you graduated from ohio state...that explains the fear. "less education more cops"...move to iran loser.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2009 at 02:27 PM
    The Republican are tossing any solution that would work. It is time that the democrats do the same.
  • by Mudslinger on Jun 17, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    Come on you knew the republicans were going to get blamed for this. That's because it doesn't matter which party is in power it is always the other parties fault. That's why it is so important to vote all these incumbents out and make sure they take all their strategists with them. Do you notice we never complain about the strategists. Well do you think these politicians are really that smart. Without their ventriliquists some would be as dumb as a box of rocks. We need fresh faces, and the old crowd has to go. It can happen starting now. Cancel your plans for the fourth and join the revolution. Now that is a festival you need to attend. Give up a day and bring your children to a rally near you, it is that important. Did (do) you love your grandparents, do you love your parents to you love your children, and most important DO YOU LOVE THE USA, if you do than the revolution is just the beginning to restore our freedoms, our privacy and our independence from government.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    The mudslinging is starting. When is granholm going to confess that she did not do enough to stop the financial mess that we are in.
  • by David Location: Leslie on Jun 17, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    I'd rather see scholarships get cut rather than having more state troopers cut. Its not the states responsibility to pay for everyones education.
  • by DumAsMe Location: Lansing on Jun 17, 2009 at 09:32 AM
    Why should the tax payers of Michigan pay $4,000 for Michigan Promise Scholarships only to have the students move out of state when they graduate to find jobs?
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