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Sunday, April 17, 2011

R's Push Back Governor

Nobody expected Republicans to roll-over and play dead when it came to the new governor's budget agenda and recent events have boldly underscored the fact that just because Rick Snyder wants it, members ofhis own party may balk at doing it.

This must be a shock to the value system of the former CEO who pretty much had it his way when it came to major decisions. He gave the order and all his underlining's snapped to it. The Michigan legislature is not Mr. Snyder's company as he is slowly finding out.
Item: The governor does not want to cut Community Colleges.
House Republicans cut them by 15%.
Item: The governor wants to cut $470 from every school kid in the state. The measure was ready to move last week but was suddenly ranked as some House Republicans think that cut is a tad extreme.
Item: The governor wants to use a surplus in the K-12 school aid fund to pay for higher education cots. Obviously the school lobby went bonkers and has apparently found some legislative friends who believe the "thievery" should be reviewed.
Welcome to Lansing Mr. New Governor.
Now if Mr. Snyder is upset by all this, he has not let on in public where he continues to wax on about how the legislature is his "partner" and has a right to do its own thing.
You bet it does. Lawmakers get paid to review, rewrite and yes, even reject those items it deems inappropriate. That's why they call this a representative Democracy. Had the founding Dads wanted a benevolent dictator, they would have written one into the U.S. Constitution.


Blogger Timothy P. Flynn, Esq. said...

We all wondered how the Nerd would integrate into the politics of Lansing. Of course, he will not be able to get things done as he did when he ran his company. But all would agree that spending at the state level can no longer out-strip the revenues.

As a small business owner (law firm partner), I am glad I paid the state tax-man forward through the second quarter of 2011. He needs my dough.

April 17, 2011 at 6:03 PM 

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