The State Legislature completed work on a $46.5 billion state budget this week. It’s the quickest budget process since the 1960’s. Michigan Radio’s Jenn White spoke with Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service, and Bill Ballenger, editor and publisher of Inside Michigan Politics. You can hear the interview here:
Ballenger says Governor Snyder had a clear plan coming into office, which helped get this budget passed so quickly. He also points to the strong Republican control.
These are the biggest margins of control since the years after World War II ended. This is how strong the majority is in the House and Senate with a Republican Governor. That is incredibly important.
Certain items in the tax structure and in this budget have gotten lots of attention from the public. Tax on pensions, the reduction of the Earned Income Tax Credit and the cuts to K-12 schools all have been on people’s minds.