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In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Kids vs. Cops

As state lawmakers struggle to nail down the new state budget
before that pesky October first deadline, an interesting special
interest battle is unfolding playing the schools against the cities.
It's a classic case of "if you don't do this, something worse will
happen."
Here's the drill: The governor wants to transfer money from the
surplus in the school aid fund and use it to buy down the deficit in
the state's main check book.
Of course the school lobby is not overjoyed as it sees the surplus
as "its" money and that's that.
The governor sees it as a way to avoid a tax increase and she is
warning lawmakers, if they side with the schools, she will be forced to
cut the last state aid payment to the cities.
That in turn would impact police and fire services since those
costs eat up most of the budgets at the local government level.
Obviously the cities don't want that, so they are lobbying with the
governor to raid the K-12 school aid fund.
Caught in the cross-fire is the guy who chairs that budget in the
House, Rep. Terry Brown (D-Pigeon.) The schools have leaned on him but
he is reluctantly siding with the governor.
"If there are no police and fire services in the cities, that puts
the schools at risk," he concludes. He doesn't like it, but says he
has no choice.
And many house Democrats concur as they ponder their re-election
bids this November.
No politician wants to be held responsible for layoffs in the
public safety arena. It's a one-way ticket to the unemployment line if
somebody gets killed in a city and it's discovered that the local
lawmaker voted to cut revenue sharing.
That's why the schools will lose this round.

2 Comments:

Blogger marv rein said...

The lack of the 100K police person will not be because of Not enough money,it will be because Michigan is a is over run by Non-Americans sucking the life out of social services ,Michigan Tax bucket,,TRoy,michigan ,the capital of immgrantion Lawyers,and even HIRE-ing CLARK HILL,the master of importing NON-Americans, where,there is no limit of people living in a home,100's of 5013c's that just exist for TAX taking schemes,and NO return,audit,or whose really getting milions of TAX money 4 years.
NO LEADERSHIP,NO direction,and NO oversite,jailing or at least police Harassment when anyone looking to the matter.
Now TROY,Michigan wants 2introduce ENTICs code to the city Government/ after giving millions 2 their buddies FREE tax money years,Mayor SChillings want ethics..STRANGe??
TROY has loan money will no hope of that money ever to be paid back,,but as TROY's motto..it's Ethic-ly,and Moral-ly wrong,but it;s legal in TROY.

September 13, 2010 at 5:38 AM 
Anonymous kids furniture said...

Yeah you're right on target marv rein.

September 19, 2010 at 10:42 AM 

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