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February 01, 2011


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I heard and read significantly different things at the business leaders gathering 1.31.11 in Lansing. Jack thought the main message was documentation of the "hidden fiscal irresponsibility of Granholm, and to some extent of the Engler Administration before it." His example of this irresponsibility is that in 8 of the last 10 years the State has borrowed within each fiscal year to pay schools in a timely fashion and, within the same years, repaid the amount borrowed - paying interest on the short-term loans. Actually that is a common occurance because tax payments don't all come in at the beginning of the fiscal year when the schools need the money. I just looked at a report on the Senate Fiscal Agency site that tells us that between FY 1970-71 and FY 2006-07 (36 years) this occured in all but 12 years.

The other thing I heard and read at the session was the report from State Treasurer Dillon that Michigan taxes have declined since 1995, general fund spending has been reduced by 13% since 2001 (the least increase of the 50 states),Michigan ranks 48th among the states in number of employees per 10,000 population, and that Michigan is the only state in which general fund revenue has declined between 2000 and 2009. And I heard John Nixon, the State Budget Director, report: Michigan leads the nation in terms of pension reforms; became the first state to fully consolidate information technology services; Michigan has been recognized fourth best among the states as well managed during the economic crisis; Michigan's total expenditure growth between 2001-2008 was the least among the states.

What I heard and read doesn't lead me to conclude that the problem is the irresponsibility of the last two administrations. I'm rather more inclined to think the problem is having to cope with the loss of 850,000 jobs between 2001 and 2010. The responsibility is a good bit broader.

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