state budget http://michiganradio.org en Budget experts predict an extra $1.1 billion in state government revenues over 3 years http://michiganradio.org/post/budget-experts-predict-extra-11-billion-state-government-revenues-over-3-years <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan legislative budget experts say state government is taking in hundreds of millions of dollars more than expected eight months ago.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.house.mi.gov/hfa/PDF/Revenue_Forecast/EconomicOutlook_Revenue_Estimates_Jan14.pdf">A report released Tuesday from the House Fiscal Agency</a> in Lansing estimates Michigan collected $433 million more than projected in the last budget year and will collect about $327 million more this year.<br /> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:53:31 +0000 The Associated Press 15926 at http://michiganradio.org Budget experts predict an extra $1.1 billion in state government revenues over 3 years Snyder officials to meet with Michigan residents http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-officials-meet-michigan-residents <p>Officials from Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's administration are planning to travel across the state this week to take suggestions and answer questions from Michigan residents.</p><p>Representatives from the Office of Constituent Services will visit locations in Washtenaw, Livingston, Ingham, Shiawassee, Clinton and Ionia counties on May 23 and 24.</p><p>Snyder's office says topics that are open for discussion include the state budget and opportunities for getting involved in state government.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 18:57:10 +0000 Associated Press 12643 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder officials to meet with Michigan residents State budget director says ballot proposals lead to uncertain credit rating http://michiganradio.org/post/state-budget-director-says-ballot-proposals-lead-uncertain-credit-rating <p>The state budget director says credit agencies won’t upgrade Michigan’s rating because of proposals on the November ballot.</p><p>John Nixon today spoke alongside opponents of Proposal Five. It would require a statewide vote or two-thirds majorities of the Legislature to approve a tax increase.</p><p>But Nixon said all the initiatives cast doubt about the state’s economic future.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 20:26:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9629 at http://michiganradio.org State budget director says ballot proposals lead to uncertain credit rating Gov. Snyder to sign next Michigan budget into law http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-sign-next-michigan-budget-law <p>The $48 billion spending plan for the budget year that starts Oct. 1 is about to be signed into law. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has scheduled a bill-signing ceremony for Tuesday afternoon at the Romney Building across from the Capitol.</p><p>The package includes a small cut in individual income taxes, twice as much money for film credits, a slight increase in education funding and a down payment on school employees&#39; health care costs in retirement.</p><p>The Republican-controlled House and Senate passed the budget bills three weeks ago. Snyder has the right to veto portions of the bills.</p><p>Democrats have criticized the GOP budget plan for not spending more on education. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:33:47 +0000 The Associated Press 8029 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder to sign next Michigan budget into law Republicans propose a tax cut for individuals, but is it enough? http://michiganradio.org/post/republicans-propose-tax-cut-individuals-it-enough <p>Every Thursday we talk Michigan politics with Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service.</p><p>The Snyder Administration and the legislature are working to complete work on the state budget, and it sounds like they’ve made some progress towards a final deal.</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 14:28:45 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 7617 at http://michiganradio.org Republicans propose a tax cut for individuals, but is it enough? Commentary: Budget Follies http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-budget-follies <p>There is something to be said for one party controlling both the executive and legislative branches of government. This year, for the second year in a row, the state budget will apparently be passed by the beginning of&nbsp;June. That&rsquo;s a big change from a few years ago.</p><p>Twice during the Granholm years, the parties were still squabbling over the books when the fiscal year expired at the end of September. And bad last-minute choices were made.</p> Thu, 24 May 2012 14:14:34 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7594 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Budget Follies Gov Snyder calls for new program to attract, welcome immigrants to state http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-calls-new-program-attract-welcome-immigrants-state <p>Governor Snyder has said the state needs to do more to attract immigrants, and get them to stay once they&rsquo;re here.</p><p>In his recent budget proposal, Governor Snyder calls for the creation of a <a href="http://michigan.gov/documents/budget/EB1_376247_7.pdf">Cultural Ambassador program</a> to attract and welcome immigrants to the state, which is similar to a program he helped create when he worked at <a href="http://www.annarborusa.org/">Ann Arbor SPARK</a>.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:08:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6226 at http://michiganradio.org Gov Snyder calls for new program to attract, welcome immigrants to state Snyder budget focuses on student performance http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-budget-focuses-student-performance <p>Governor Rick Snyder calls for a slight boost in spending in his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year &ndash; with more money for police, schools, and universities. The governor says this year&rsquo;s spending plan is built on tough decisions made last year.</p><p>Snyder was flanked by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and Budget Director John Nixon as he took a seat in front of a packed house. He presented his budget plans to a joint meeting of the House and Senate appropriations committees. The governor started out with a short history lesson, reminding lawmakers of how things have changed since his budget presentation from a year ago. &ldquo;It was a mess,&rdquo; Calley said.</p><p>In 2011, the governor called for taxing pensions; taking $400 million dollars from the School Aid Fund to help pay for universities &ndash;&nbsp; which still saw a cut in funding &ndash; and concessions from public employees. &ldquo;We had to address a billion and a half dollar deficit. We addressed that. We had to ask for shared sacrifice from many people, a lot of difficult decisions and I appreciate a lot of understanding by a lot of people,&rdquo; Snyder said.</p><p>This year, the economy has improved, and so has revenue. The governor called for modest increases to money for schools and universities &ndash; much of it linked to improving student performance. Local governments could also see more if they find ways to become more efficient. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 12:06:27 +0000 Rick Pluta 6173 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder budget focuses on student performance A conversation with Governor Snyder about his budget proposal http://michiganradio.org/post/conversation-governor-snyder-about-his-budget-proposal <p>Governor Rick Snyder spoke to Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Jennifer White about his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013.</p><p>In the proposal are some<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/governors-budget-small-increases-schools-roads-cities-more-police"> funding increases for education, public safety and infrastructure</a>.</p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 23:04:10 +0000 Mercedes Mejia, Jennifer White & Zoe Clark 6171 at http://michiganradio.org A conversation with Governor Snyder about his budget proposal Snyder to present budget for 2013 this morning http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-present-budget-2013-morning <p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Governor Snyder</a> will present his budget proposal for the next fiscal year this morning at the state Capitol.</p><p>Lieutenant Governor <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/brian-calley">Brian Calley</a> told Michigan Public Radio Network&rsquo;s Laura Weber that he expects budget negotiations will go more smoothly this year than in recent years. &lsquo;The reason why last year&rsquo;s budget was difficult is because it actually did fix the structural problems that had plagued us for so long. And because we did all the hard work last year, it makes movement in a more positive direction where we can all grow and invest together,&rdquo; Calley explained.</p><p>Details of the Governor&#39;s budget have started to leak out and here&#39;s what we know so far:</p><p>From <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120209/POLITICS02/202090382/Snyder-proposes-added-45M-fight-crime-2013-budget?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">the Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Gov. Rick Snyder will propose investing an additional $45 million in public safety as part of his 2013 budget proposal... Snyder noted in his State of the State address in January that Michigan has four cities &mdash; Detroit, Flint, Pontiac and Saginaw &mdash; that regularly turn up on the nation&#39;s Top 10 list of most violent cities. The governor has promised to roll out a detailed crime-fighting strategy in a Special Message to the Legislature on Public Safety in March.</p></blockquote><p>From <a href="http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/Furlough-days-for-Michigan-state-workers-canceled-due-to-budget-surplus/-/1719418/8616784/-/view/print/-/hgxhyj/-/index.html">the Associated Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>A projected budget surplus means an estimated 37,000 state of Michigan workers represented by unions won&#39;t have to take furlough days this fiscal year. The unionized workers had been expected to take up to four furlough days each in the fiscal year that ends September 30th. The furlough days were announced last fall because unions did not reach an agreement on concessions with Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s administration.</p></blockquote><p>Later in the day, the Governor will hold a virtual town hall meeting to discuss his budget. The AP reports:</p><blockquote><p>Snyder was so happy with how his town hall meeting on Facebook went after last month&#39;s State of the State address that he&#39;s holding another one. This time the governor will take residents&#39; questions just after he presents his 2012-13 budget proposal to lawmakers on Thursday. Viewers can watch the hour-long town hall meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the Rick Snyder for Michigan Facebook page.</p></blockquote><p>You can submit questions at online at <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/townhall">www.michigan.gov/townhall</a>. Or, post questions on the Governor&rsquo;s facebook page. Thu, 09 Feb 2012 11:49:55 +0000 Zoe Clark 6161 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder to present budget for 2013 this morning Governor, Legislature need to find $60 million to balance budget http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-legislature-need-find-60-million-balance-budget <p>When the Legislature returns to the state Capitol next week, there will be another item added to its to-do list. That is: coming up with millions of dollars to fill a budget gap created by the state Supreme Court decision on Michigan&rsquo;s new pension tax. The court upheld the tax on pensions, but said denying a tax break to some higher-earners effectively created a graduated income tax.</p><p>A graduated income tax is not allowed under the state constitution. That part of the decision also blew a $60 million hole in the state budget. Sixty million dollars is a small part of a general fund budget that exceeds $8 billion.</p><p>But it is an amount the governor and the Legislature will need to make up to meet their obligation under the state constitution to have a balanced budget. One possibility would be to use a projected surplus from last year&rsquo;s budget to fill the gap. That number becomes official in January. But it appears the surplus will be somewhere near $400 million.</p><p>Lawmakers are already fighting over what to do with that money. Democrats say it should be used to restore some budget cuts to schools. Republicans say it should go into the state&rsquo;s &ldquo;rainy day&rdquo; savings fund, or to pay down debt. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 11:23:43 +0000 Rick Pluta 5078 at http://michiganradio.org Fight brews over possibility of state windfall http://michiganradio.org/post/fight-brews-over-possibility-state-windfall <p>A legislative agency says the state is taking in a lot more money than it expects to spend as the books are about to close on the last fiscal year. The revenue estimates from the state House Fiscal Agency say the state appears to be in line to reap $285&nbsp;million more than expected.</p><p>That includes a $145&nbsp;million windfall for the School Aid Fund. Some Democrats say a portion of that money should be used to restore cuts to K-12 schools.</p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 21:56:28 +0000 Rick Pluta 4547 at http://michiganradio.org Fight brews over possibility of state windfall Michigan Budget Director, John Nixon on state finances http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-budget-director-john-nixon-state-finances <p>We are now just a few days into the state&rsquo;s new fiscal year. State Budget Director, John Nixon gives us an update on the state of Michigan&rsquo;s finances.</p><p>Nixon says many states relied on federal stimulus money, and now it&#39;s time to look at other options.</p><p>&ldquo;We had a huge infusion of stimulus money and then there was a big cliff because once that stimulus money went away all the states are scrambling saying, &ldquo;oh my gosh how do we keep our programs whole?&rdquo; Well that&rsquo;s what we&rsquo;ve done. We cut a billion and a half dollars of spending out the budget and we balanced the budget.&rdquo; Tue, 04 Oct 2011 21:15:05 +0000 Jennifer White 4437 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Budget Director, John Nixon on state finances A Conversation with State Representative Jeff Irwin http://michiganradio.org/post/conversation-state-representative-jeff-irwin <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-981996.mp3</p><p>The Michigan legislature returns from break next week. While they will be faced with a new set of issues when they return, at least one legislator is critical of the work that&rsquo;s been done so far.</p><p>Every week we interview lawmakers about what&#39;s happening in our state and the nation. Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White today talks with Freshman Democratic State Representative Jeff Irwin about the state budget, working with the legislature and what we can expect in the coming months.</p><p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 21:45:59 +0000 Jennifer White 3767 at http://michiganradio.org A Conversation with State Representative Jeff Irwin State to open contract talks with request for concessions http://michiganradio.org/post/state-open-contract-talks-request-concessions <p>Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s administration and state employee unions will open contract negotiations this week. The first topic of bargaining will be whether state workers will give up the salary and benefits they&rsquo;ve already been promised.</p><p>The new state budget is not balanced yet. For one thing, the budget assumes millions of dollars in savings in employee costs. State state worker unions have yet to agree to those cuts. In fact, the state can&rsquo;t even begin to negotiate unless the unions agree to re-open the current contracts. Kurt Weiss is with the state Department of Technology, Management and Budget.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We know it&rsquo;s a significant number. We know it&rsquo;s a painful number.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Weiss says the alternative to concessions is layoffs and privatizing services. The largest amount of money would come out of the state Department of Corrections.</p><p>State employee unions say state government is currently top heavy with managers and has too many contracts &ndash; and the Snyder administration should look those first before looking to squeeze more from frontline workers or lay them off.</p><p> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:49:27 +0000 Rick Pluta 3444 at http://michiganradio.org State to open contract talks with request for concessions State workers to rally ahead of contract talks http://michiganradio.org/post/state-workers-rally-ahead-contract-talks <p>State workers are scheduled to rally in Detroit tomorrow to protest wage and benefit cuts. Governor Snyder is seeking $145 million in concessions from state employees for the fiscal year that starts in October.</p><p>An official with one of the largest state employee unions, Ray Holman of UAW Local 6000, says over the last decade the state has shed more than 12,000 positions.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;And what that means for the average, for example, Department of Human Services caseworker, is they may have 700 to 1,000 families they&rsquo;re responsible for.&quot;</p> Sun, 24 Jul 2011 20:40:28 +0000 Sarah Hulett 3443 at http://michiganradio.org State workers to rally ahead of contract talks Speaker orders cuts for state House staff http://michiganradio.org/post/speaker-orders-cuts-state-house-staff <p>The speaker of the Michigan House has ordered representatives to cut their office budgets by almost 14 percent. Smaller cuts were also ordered for Democratic and Republican party staff and non-partisan House of Representatives staff.</p><p>House Speaker Jase Bolger says the cuts are necessary to keep the state&rsquo;s budget balanced. He says the reductions do not necessarily mean there will be layoffs.</p> Sun, 24 Jul 2011 20:19:59 +0000 Sarah Hulett 3441 at http://michiganradio.org Speaker orders cuts for state House staff Snyder signs budget http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-signs-budget <p>Governor Rick Snyder has signed a budget for the coming fiscal year. He says the spending plan includes some tough-but-necessary choices that were necessary to retire a deficit and to set Michigan on a path to fiscal responsibility.</p> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 13:23:41 +0000 Rick Pluta 2982 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder signs budget Now for the Hard Part http://michiganradio.org/post/now-hard-part-0 <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-970916.mp3</p><p>When Governor Rick Snyder took office in January, he said he wanted to have the state budget signed, sealed and delivered by the end of May.</p><p>Nobody in Lansing took that seriously. In fact, if the budget had in fact not been completed until July, that would still have been seen as a remarkable victory.&nbsp;</p><p>After all, we&rsquo;ve become accustomed to lawmakers frantically struggling on September 30th, the last day possible, to pass a budget before the state would have to shut down.</p><p>True, this year is different in that the governor&rsquo;s party controls both houses of the legislature. But the reforms that Snyder was calling on them to make were so revolutionary it was hard to see how he could possibly win early passage.</p><p>Well, we were wrong. Rick Snyder may officially be a &ldquo;non-politician.&rdquo; But he is in fact one of the shrewdest political operatives I have ever seen. People have consistently underestimated him, beginning with the famous &ldquo;nerd&rdquo; commercial which launched his candidacy. Everybody scoffs at Snyder, and he smiles and keeps on winning. Primaries, general elections, legislative fights. The governor got virtually everything important he wanted here.</p><p>Where he did have to compromise - on the pension tax, for example - one got the feeling that he had planned on compromise all along. With a&nbsp;series of wrenching moves, he changed the way the system works. He seems to have eliminated the structural flaw that for years has caused automatic billion dollar deficits. He did so at a terrific cost, balancing the budget, and providing huge tax breaks for business by cutting aid to the poor, to children, and to education.</p><p>But he got what he wanted, and now we&rsquo;ll see what happens. Make no mistake: This is entirely a Rick Snyder, Republican Party budget. It did not get a single Democratic vote. If this pays off, if the lowered business taxes do create new jobs, Snyder should be able to waltz to re-election, and the political culture of this state may be forever changed. But if it fails - if the promised new jobs don&rsquo;t materialize, and people keep falling through the tattered safety net - well, it will be clear who to blame. It will take awhile to know exactly what&rsquo;s happening. But what does the governor do next? Fri, 27 May 2011 14:30:48 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 2668 at http://michiganradio.org Now for the Hard Part Gov. Snyder confident budget deadline will be met http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-confident-budget-deadline-will-be-met <p>There&rsquo;s one week left for the legislature to meet the governor&rsquo;s deadline for passing a state budget before the end of May.&nbsp; Governor Rick Snyder says negotiations are still on pace to wrap up by May 31<sup>st&nbsp;</sup>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;There are still lots of things&hellip;because it&rsquo;s a very large document&hellip;that we need to get through.&nbsp; But that&rsquo;s all part of the process&hellip;.and its coming along in a positive way.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 May 2011 17:32:43 +0000 Steve Carmody 2627 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder confident budget deadline will be met