For many of the unwashed who may have bumped into the story last Thursday, they must of wondered, so what if the governor and the Gop leaders have a "deal" on the budget?
Try this on for size.
No government shutdown for openers.
The self-imposed May 31 deadline that the governor boldly, and some said foolishly set last January, means lawmakers will not be working into the mid-night hour on Sept 30 to finish the budget. They are getting in done four months before the October 1 deadline.
That's not too shabby for a non-career politician governor and the 61 new members of the Michigan House who have never written a state budget before.
Other so what's.
Schools that have a July one budget deadline of their own can write one with full knowledge of what the state government is doing for them and in this instance "to" them.
It could have been a $300 slice per pupil which is now down to about one hundred bucks but schools have to jump through some Snyder "best practice" hoops to get the money. They call it "strings attached" but despite some grumbling the education lobby is pretty much stuck with this thing but it is on time.
The early completion might help to erase or modify the "Gang that can't shoot straight" image that has plagued former governors and lawmakers. They always talked about meeting a July one deadline but that came and went and their credibility went with it.
With the new gov in town, running the state like a business, maybe they all get a bump in the polls?
But here's the sticky wicket for image worried politicians. With no budget to keep them busy during the summer, what will they do to justify their full-time pay checks?