state budget en New Michigan budget may affect you in many ways <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Schoolchildren and others will be impacted when Michigan's next state budget starts in about three months.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 21:39:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18198 at New Michigan budget may affect you in many ways Where things stand on completing Michigan's budget <p><br />LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers are tackling some hefty issues like fuel taxes, Detroit's bankruptcy and the minimum wage in the last weeks before their summer break.<br /><br />They're also trying to finalize Michigan's next spending plan.</p> Sat, 24 May 2014 15:23:00 +0000 The Associated Press 17743 at Agency: Michigan state government to collect less tax revenue than expected <p>LANSING –&nbsp;Economists are projecting that the state of Michigan will collect about $873 million less in revenue this budget year and next than was projected earlier in the year.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 22:36:43 +0000 The Associated Press 17592 at Agency: Michigan state government to collect less tax revenue than expected Budget experts predict an extra $1.1 billion in 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="">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 Budget experts predict an extra $1.1 billion in state government revenues over 3 years Snyder officials to meet with 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 Snyder officials to meet with Michigan residents State budget director says ballot proposals lead to 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 State budget director says ballot proposals lead to uncertain credit rating Gov. Snyder to sign next Michigan budget into 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 Gov. Snyder to sign next Michigan budget into law Republicans propose a tax cut for individuals, but is 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 Republicans propose a tax cut for individuals, but is it enough? 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 Commentary: Budget Follies Gov Snyder calls for new program to attract, welcome immigrants to 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="">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="">Ann Arbor SPARK</a>.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:08:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6226 at Gov Snyder calls for new program to attract, welcome immigrants to state Snyder budget focuses on 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 Snyder budget focuses on student performance A conversation with 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=""> 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 A conversation with Governor Snyder about his budget proposal Snyder to present budget for 2013 this morning <p><a href="">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="">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="|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="">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=""></a>. Or, post questions on the Governor&rsquo;s facebook page. Thu, 09 Feb 2012 11:49:55 +0000 Zoe Clark 6161 at Snyder to present budget for 2013 this morning Governor, Legislature need to find $60 million to 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 Fight brews over possibility of 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 Fight brews over possibility of state windfall Michigan Budget Director, John Nixon on 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 Michigan Budget Director, John Nixon on state finances A Conversation with State Representative Jeff Irwin <p></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 A Conversation with State Representative Jeff Irwin State to open contract talks with request for 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 State to open contract talks with request for concessions State workers to rally ahead of 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 State workers to rally ahead of contract talks Speaker orders cuts for 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 Speaker orders cuts for state House staff