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Governor Granholm’s officed release this photo of our dearest Governor upholding her end of a bet with North Carolina’s Governor Perdue. In addition to posing with North Carolina athletic gear and eating a Krispy Kreme with North Carolina blue icing she also personally donated $100 to a charity of Governor Perdue’s choice.
Note the Michigan State Ball strategically placed in the background.
May this never happen again.
Governor Granholm & Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop: Awkward
This week Michigan House Republicans presented their plan to solve the State’s budget problems: cut state worker salaries. They proposed cutting state the salaries of 52,000 state employees by 5% and reduce the benefits for retirees. Additionally, they called for a 5% across the board cut in state spending.
This plan is completely shameful for two reasons.
1) Asking state employees to accept a 5% cut in their salaries is highly hypocritical considering not a single House Republican will voluntary return a percentage of their own income, as Governor Granholm does.
Granholm, a Democrat, has returned 5 percent or 10 percent of her $177,000 salary every year since taking office in 2003 as Michigan has struggled with a weak economy and ongoing budget problems. She recently urged other elected officials to do the same, especially lawmakers since they have so much say in the state budget.
Not a single House Republican has returned any portion of his or her income. How can you ethically ask the people that clean up our parks, guard our prisons, and pave our roads to take a cut in pay when you yourself refuses to even consider the notion.
2) A 5% cut across the board is fundamentally the worst plan that could be proposed to fix our state budget. Across The Board cuts class funding from efficient programs, thus making making them inefficient, and fails to fix inefficient programs. These cuts allow inefficient programs to continue to exist, but in a small form.
In a recession good government programs are essential to creating and economic turn around, but wantonly slashing funding merely handicaps these programs.
Partaking in a bipartisan effort to address inefficient programs in a direct manner addresses the problem and will hopefully bring about reform to programs that desperately need it.
The views expressed in this column do not reflect the positions of the UMCD, MFCD, MDP, DNC, or probably me.Â They are an effort to be funny.Â They will fail.Â They will probably offend someone while being unfunny.Â Deal with it.
Ya so the 9/11 thing is there because I couldn’t find the Danish and American flags any other way
Above, UM Dems rally in solidarity with GEO. Below, Patrick (of GEO) writes a love letter oversimplified editorial to the UM College Democrats and Campus.
On page 34B of the farce masquerading as her higher education budget proposal, Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed a 3-percent budget cut to state universities.
In the next paragraph, playing the worldâ€™s smallest violin, she beseeched colleges to freeze their tuition rates in light of â€œdifficult economic timesâ€ for students and families.
Apparently Granholmâ€™s bargain for universities is â€œDonâ€™t raise tuition and, in exchange, weâ€™ll cut your aid.â€ I suppose she also expects universities to maintain their quality of instruction and research, too.
Governor, I want a unicorn, but that doesnâ€™t mean I can get one.
Aside from state officialsâ€™ impossible dreams, historical analysis shows something more pernicious at work. Instead of making reasonable appropriations to support higher education, Michigan has quietly shifted the cost of higher education from the state to students.
Using data from the University of Michiganâ€™s Office of Budget, I calculated the percentages of the University systemâ€™s general fund revenues provided by state funding and tuition since the turn of the century. In 2001-02, tuition dollars made up 54 percent of general fund revenues. This school year, they make up 64 percent. In contrast, the stateâ€™s contribution to the University has slipped from 34 percent to 24 percent. These trends do not reflect runaway spending increases at the University; they reflect reductions in Lansingâ€™s contribution.
Adjusting funding totals for inflation with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics makes the picture bleaker. To put it in starker terms, the governor has proposed $362.1 million in funding to the University system in 2009-10. If state funding kept up with inflation, the system would get $511.3 million. Undergraduates and their families will have to pay higher tuition to bridge that $149.2 million gap.
No matter how the numbers get sliced, they demonstrate the wholesale gutting of higher education funding during the last decade. The state of Michigan has abdicated its responsibility to make a good college education accessible to all residents who have the talent for it.
In calling for a tuition freeze, Granholm cynically hopes to shift responsibility and outrage for the stateâ€™s own shortcomings to state universities to raise tuition.
But the numbers donâ€™t lie. Politicians do â€” and weâ€™re paying for it.
The opinions are those of the author only and not those of UMCD, MFCD, DNC, Barack Obama or Thomas Jefferson.Â They are also probably not funny.
Big photo of Camila Ballario: the winner of Michigan Idol.Â She’s a sophomore at the Music school.Â I thought the whole point of these competitions was for them to be amateur only.
Jennifer Granholm wants to cut three percent from state funding for higher education and then ask universities not to raise tuition.Â Stabbing schools in the back with one hand and lecturing them on what not to do in order to get back on their feet with the other.Â Well… I guess that certainly shows some guts.
Fallout continues from the Governor’s budget betrayal.Â Wait for the same things to happen at U-M.
Budget proposal fallout: MSU board warns of tuition hikes
The governor’s new budget cuts funding for state universities by 3% and then she has the audacity to demand that states freeze tuition.Â Yes this is a time of recession, yes everything has to be cut.Â But the general budget has been cut by 1.5% while funding for state universities has been cut 3%, double the cuts to everything else.Â That’s 3% out of an education budget that is already the nation’s most pathetic.Â And after decades of betrayal by Lansing, higher education is now once again the first thing on the state chopping-block.Â And don’t tell me Michigan has to spend so little on education because it has been mired in a recession for years.Â First of all, that’s all the more reason that we need to educate our next generation, but second of all, Michigan is still far from the poorest state in the country.Â We rank 35th out of the 50 states by GDP per capita.Â State universities have had no choice but to increase tuition as state funding has plummeted.Â If the state continues to abandon universities, those universities have no choice but to raise their own funds.
Update: Other programs weren’t cut at all.Â It looks like this is just a matter of misplaced priorities.
The days when our government could be all things to all people are behind us.Â This is no time for special interests or pet projects.Â Itâ€™s a time that demands relentless focus and discipline.
Good-paying jobs.Â Education and training.Â Protecting our people.
~ Governor Granholm delivering the State of the State.
Governor Granholm was on CNN this morning and argued that the stimulus package needs to be passed and it needs to be passed now for Michigan and for the nation.Â Moody’s has predicted the stimulus could create 150,000 jobs in Michigan.Â That’s a lot.Â Michigan is, arguably, hurting more than any state in the country in the current recession.Â Unfortunantly, the rapid relief this country needs may be help up by the Senate Republicans.Â As usual, it relies on tax cuts.Â Points for consistency I suppose.Â If only their wren’t those pesky facts to deal with… you know the ones that say they don’t work.
For those of you who missed it, our beloved Governor Jennifer Granholm, stopped by Hardball with Chris Matthews to discuss the importance of Obama’s stimulus package for Michigan and the rest of the country.Â Coupled with the release of December’s job report, Granholm apperance becomes all the more relevant. Issued just hours ago, the reports indicate 524,000 jobs were lost in December, bringing the yearly total to more than 2.6 million jobs lost. This is the largest loss since 1945, when nearly 2.8 million jobs were lost.