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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Cautiously Optimistic? That Just Went Out The Window...

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jan 14, 2011 at 03:22:15 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Texas (all tags)

    Well, it almost has for me anyway.  I'll be frank and to the point with this even though it smacks in the face of today's mollycoddling agenda of discussion.  I honestly don't believe that the Republicans that were overwhelmingly elected to power just two months ago have grasped the core value reason that they were sent to their elected Offices.  That charge was fiscal responsibility.  The taking down the disastrous bird feeder mentality that has infested this once great State over the last eight years of Liberal social net spending, mythical green jobs and to create an environment conducive to business.

    November 2, 2010 was a message from Michigan's electorate that bold steps of reform in Lansing is unequivocally necessary to mend the havoc endured by an unyielding, flawed Left ideology that resulted in the highest tax increases in the history of this state.

    Is that message being carried out by a Republican Majority in the House and Senate?  I don't see it yet...

    Just today House Republicans announced their "Guiding Principals".  For me, they just don't cut the mustard.

    Speaker Jase Bolger , R-Marshall, announced "guiding principals" focused on trimming government operations and spending, reconfiguring the tax structure and reforming business regulations.

    Minority Leader Richard Hammel, D-Flushing, said his caucus will support a new, publicly owned Detroit River span, Hire Michigan First legislation and clean coal power plants.
    Bolger said repealing and replacing the Michigan Business Tax and surcharge is a Republican priority. The caucus will vet all tax reform ideas, including Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed 6 percent corporate tax.

    The Republicans introduced a repeal of the unpopular business tax surcharge as its first bill of the session Thursday.

    "We don't view that as a half-measure, we view that as a head start," Bolger said.

    Excuse me?  Did I understand Speaker Bolger correctly?  Republicans don't think they're preforming half-measures?  Certainly any reasonably competent individual in a majority position would see cutting deals of state taxpayers funding yet another scheme in a financially and ethically bankrupt city for reciprocal envirowhacko hostage held real source of electricity votes as a half-measure at best.  But, that's not my main thorn in the side...

    Bolger also proposed cuts to the social safety net including a 48-month limit on welfare for able-bodied adults and eliminating the earned income tax credit for the working poor -- moves typically opposed by Democrats.

    "We are OK with reforms, but we want to make sure families are taken care of," Hammel said.

    Four years of free living?  And it's a "new" limit for sponging off of taxpayers?  OMG, why not just leave out the sign at the border for free loaders.  This is not a hand up, it is a hand out and definitely not motivational for the "able-bodied adult" to get off his or her duff and be responsible for their existence nor is it leadership by either side of the beltway.

    Here's the problem.  If it hasn't dawned on those in this dependency riddled state that there is a reason other states are not suffering like we do then allow me to toss this out for discussion.  Our elected in Lansing seemingly have difficulties dealing with a $1.8 billion deficit.  Well, they're pikers in comparison to the state that has gained four congressional seats in Washington and they are going to whack away a $15 billion deficit.

    The state comptroller announced Monday that the Texas Legislature will have roughly $8 billion less to spend in the next budget than it did in the last. The state will also be missing $7 billion in federal stimulus dollars it spent in the last budget. To make matters worse, state agencies have said they need an additional $12 billion just to maintain existing state services.

    So if lawmakers want to maintain the status quo, they need to raise nearly $27 billion, roughly a third of all discretionary spending.

    Other states with huge budget problems, such as California and Illinois, are looking at tax increases, but in the Lone Star State, where frontier self-sufficiency is exalted, the shortfall is another occasion to cut the budget. Every two years, in good economic times or bad, many state legislators pledge to cut spending, and they take those promises seriously.

    "I don't think it's the end of the world," Gov. Rick Perry said in an interview after the new figures were released. "I think we have a budget of $76.5 billion and we're going to live with that. . . . It's only a budget hole when somebody has wished that they had more money."

    Amen Governor!  Music to my ears...

    But some legislators worried that, in a state that prides itself on having a minimal safety net, this year's cuts could go too far.

    "There is a disconnect with reality," said Rep. Garnet Coleman, a Houston Democrat. "This Legislature and this state government have always been efficient, and I'll add to that, we're very tight."

    A Democrat said that?  My surprised look...

    Facing a similar crisis in 2003, state agency heads told lawmakers they were no longer cutting fat, but cutting muscle. In 2009, they said lawmakers were cutting into the bone.

    Texas spends less per resident than any other state. It scores among the bottom five states in spending on public education, higher education, and health care. For most Texans between 18 and 50 who do not have a child at home, food stamps are limited to three months in a three-year period.

    Whaaaa... the "able-bodied adults" only being able to mooch from the government teat for three months?  And, people are flocking to Texas in droves?  Pinch me, I'm dreaming!

    But the gap is substantial. The state could cut all spending on natural resources, public safety, criminal justice and the judiciary and still not have enough to cover a $27 billion shortfall. Cutting that much from the Health and Human Services Commission, which handles Medicare and Medicaid, would eliminate state funding to the agency entirely.

    The Legislature making the choices increased its Republican majorities in the recent midterm election.  Republicans currently hold a 101-49 supermajority in the state House, a majority in the state Senate and Perry, a Republican, has appointed the senior leadership in every state agency.

    Perry has promised there will be no new taxes, and other lawmakers know that pledge is a winning strategy in Texas. Perry won an unprecedented third term in November, and the tea party helped win Republicans their first supermajority since Reconstruction by espousing libertarian values.

    Texas is also a place where the constitution forbids both a budget deficit and an income tax, limiting what lawmakers can actually do. But that doesn't mean voters don't want any state assistance for the young and needy.

    In a poll by Texas's five major newspapers released Sunday, registered voters said they opposed any new taxes, but also opposed any cuts to public education or health spending.

    "No one should govern on their rhetoric because that's how you get really bad public policy," Coleman added. "There are 101 Republicans and if 101 Republicans want to slash and burn, that's what they will do."

    Lansing should learn some accounting skills from Texas.

    Slash and burn.  We all know where we can find plenty of firewood.

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    Well, somebody needed to say it. (none / 0) (#1)
    by maidintheus on Fri Jan 14, 2011 at 06:40:47 PM EST

    Just returned (none / 0) (#2)
    by grannynanny on Fri Jan 14, 2011 at 07:02:19 PM EST
    from Ft. Worth two weeks ago. There is both residential and commercial building going on.  Hardly any for lease signs on commercial properties.  Quite a stark difference from Michigan.  Occupancy rates seem very high.  I would love to see Michigan really reform their corporate tax structure and lure business from Illinois where they just increased their state and corporate income tax rates 66%.  Let them learn a valuable lesson in economics and hope Michigan gains from their liberal policies.

    I don't read the People's Detroit Free Press (none / 0) (#3)
    by RushLake on Sat Jan 15, 2011 at 06:18:09 AM EST
    except on Sunday when there's no other choice so I'm not sure if they've jumped on the Bob King is the 2nd coming of Christ/UAW is kinder gentler bandwagon like the writers at the Detroit News have. The News has been full of slathering articles by people like Daniel Howes: http://detnews.com/article/20110104/OPINION03/101040373/UAW-outlines-new-strategy-for-foreign-auto-p lants

    and Nolan Finley: http://detnews.com/article/20110113/OPINION03/101130317/GM-plan-may-lead-state-to-new-culture

    Seems good old Bob King is going to try a nicer different approach to strong arm foreign auto makers into kissing UAW butt because, well, he's just a nice reasonable guy. We should forget that the UAW, Clueless Jenny, and Mott Communist College strong armed home day care providers into the UAW backed union so more dues dollars could "voluntarily" flow in to fight the taxpayers. We should forget that UAW local 6000 is a huge state employee feather bedding operation designed to screw the taxpayers. We should forget that a few years back the UAW and Mark Brewer hatched a plot to neuter the state constitution in order to suit their bigger totalitarian views and screw the taxpayers.

    There just might be some overpaid useless deadwood around spelled UAW (or MEA or AFSCME or SEIU) that could be slashed and burned if anyone had the guts to do so.

    Its time to figure out which half dozen or so RINOs need to be focused on to be primaried out of existence in '12.

    Well, well, well lookie here what just (none / 0) (#4)
    by RushLake on Sat Jan 15, 2011 at 06:23:43 AM EST
    popped into my in box: http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/14328

    A rousing chorous of Solidarity for Never seems to be in order.

    Get real (none / 0) (#7)
    by geek49203 on Sun Jan 16, 2011 at 08:57:25 PM EST
    Take a look at my posts -- I'm more conservative than most here.  However, it would be nice if some here knew what they were writing about before they published.

    Much of what a state gov't does is mandated by the Federal Govt, either by legislation or by court decisions.  

    Sadly, the Feds just cut their money stream.  That caused the Texas money woes, just like it has caused Michigan's 2011 woes, and woes to most other states (and all to the tune of about 30% of the respective budgets). That means that we are stuck with paying for things with not enough money to pay for them.

    Guess what?  Either we ignore Federal mandates (guess that's okay if you're talking about smoking weed?), or we suddenly figure out how to do it cheaper, or we raise taxes.

    Which do you think is more likely?

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