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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.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

So What? Now What?


   So what?
   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?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, let's see- setting an arbitrary deadline and sticking to it is an "accomplishment". What about substantive budget analysis? What about huge recall efforts and protests with numbers the likes of which the capital has not seen since vietnam war days?
yeah, heckova job Rickie.
if you press folks keep elevating form over substance you are not doing your job. The folks who have "never written a budget before" had a massive majority and pretty much could do what they wanted. The question is what comes next?

May 22, 2011 at 4:22 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

61 freshman members of the legislature and a non career politician writing their very first budgets, in a hurry to meet their self-imposed deadline! Wow, what could possibly go wrong??? Oh, wait.........

May 23, 2011 at 7:07 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i assume also that the writer rads gongwer. Gongwer stated that the budgets went to the committee with NO LINE ITEMSThe announcement now is a "target' announcement agreement between leadership and the governor. So what we have in the committees is a Potemkin budget... you could look it up. Sure, it could still get done. but frankly, in terms of substance they are about where Dillon and bishop used to be around now. Again, the author of the column knows or should know this..

May 23, 2011 at 9:22 AM 

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