By Brandon Hall
(Email him at WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com)
Lansing gives out billions in secret corporate welfare and now has to cut state services because of horrendous budget mismanagement-it's disgusting!
Cuts need to be made, absolutely... However, we should start with the crony deals that hurt Michigan families before cutting anything else!
According to Jonathan Oosting of The Detroit News:
"Michigan legislators will be forced to scale back spending plans by $460 million in the current and upcoming fiscal years, Budget Director John Roberts said Tuesday, but Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration will continue seeking aid for Flint and Detroit Public Schools.
Officials from the state Treasury, Senate Fiscal Agency and House Fiscal Agency met Tuesday in Lansing and agreed to reduce projected revenues by $173.9 million this year and $159.2 million in the 2017 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
Total revenues are still expected to rise, but not as much as previously anticipated because of weak corporate tax collections and stagnating sales tax revenue.
Rising caseloads for Medicaid low-income health coverage and other government programs will cost the state an extra $130 million and create additional budget pressures, Roberts said. The administration will encourage legislators to reduce proposed spending increases rather than make significant year-over-year cuts to key programs, he said."
_____________________________________________________________________Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
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