Close But No Cigar
who must be saying, "Why didn't any of this stuff happen to me?
For eight long and tortuous years, ex-Gov. Jennifer Granholm
waited for the illusive economic recovery to arrive on her doorstep.
She left office, still waiting.
Gov. Rick Snyder has been in office just over a hundred and days
and woke up to read that the state's economic forecasts were off by
$500 million meaning half a million dollars appeared out of nowhere.
General Fund collections: Up $178 million.
School Aid Fund: Up $65 million.
Sales tax collections: Up 37%.
Business tax income: Up 26%
Withholding tax revenue: Up $67 million.
It may be premature to sing Happy Days Are Here Again, but the
Fat Lady is in rehearsals to do just that.
Whereas the former female governor toiled over how to cut the
budget because she had to, the new guy is faced with cutting the budget
because he wants to. There will be pressure from lawmakers to use some
of the $500 mil to restore cuts to education and other essential
programs, but others will argue it should go into the state's depleted
Rainy Day Fund.
It's the kind of philosophical debate that any governor would be
willing to tackle, but here's the harsh reality which makes politics so
unfair. None of this is the result of anything Gov. Rick Snyder has
done but some of it is the result of what she did.
But guess who will get the credit?