Well, with the Michigan Legislature looking like it won’t be able to agree on a 2007/2008 budget that Governor Granholm also agrees on, Michigan may go into a partial government shutdown on Monday.
The Dems insist that we have to raise taxes, and the Reps refuse, putting the state into a stalemate.
First – taxes do NOT need to be raised for this state to have a balanced budget. We could cut funding in areas like the First Gentleman’s staffers. Dan Mulhern has three paid staffers, at least one of whom a $115,000 salary and benefits package. We’re ranked THIRD in the nation for paid staffers for gubernatorial spouses, yet we’re the state with the WORST economy.
Second – we can cut funding to schools – so that they learn to manage their money better (i.e.: DETROIT!). This last year, the greedy Detroit school district teachers went on strike because they, as always, want more and more money. This stems mainly from the problem of:
Unwilling to compromise for the better of the public
Organized Crime (Jimmy Hoffa)
Sorry, we’re not coming back to work unless we have benefits up the wazoo
Hehe – mini-rant. Sorry! Anyway – I’m sure that we can afford to cut some funding to schools. Do they really need a $14 million dollar brand new building (Milan – a few years old by now)? And the Detroit schools – we gotta learn to cut costs there and just improve it. Most of the teachers I know say that the public school system wastes so much money. Moving on.If the state were to shut down, no state employees would be paid (including legislators – but I’m not sure about the Governor - I’m assuming she wouldn’t, but don’t quote me on that). Secretary of State would get shut down, as would the lottery.Wait – we’re going to shut down a source of essentially pure income – the lottery??? WHY THE HECK WOULD WE DO THIS! We gotta find a way to keep the lottery going at least.
Basically – what we need to do is find areas to cut pork barrel spending, and then cut these areas. We don’t need a tax hike – that’s just going to kill our economy more.
I’m guessing that if we do shut down, the Dems will be the first to give in when they don’t get paid – but that’s just my prediction.
EDIT: And a point that I forgot to mention earlier – and Nick’s comment jump started my memory: the Republicans have asked for a one month interim budget, and the Dems. are refusing. It’s not like the Reps. are saying “NO COMPROMISES” – they’re willing to talk for another month – they just don’t want to shut down the government.