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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.
It is a fact that secondhand smoke causes cancer and a wide variety of other health problems. These are health problems that have claimed countless lives and causes a massive strain on our nation’s strained healthcare system. As more and more states have taken action to ban smoking in public places and certain businesses – it is about time Michigan took action.Â
Yesterday the Michigan State Senate passed a ban on smoking in all restaurants, bars, and casinos in the State of Michigan. The bill passed 25-12 with nine Republicans joining 16 Democrats to pass it. The Senate Majority Leader, Mike Bishop, opposed the ban, but conceded that the issue had too much public support to be ignored in committee.Â
This is a huge leap forward for our state. Detractors argue that this sort legislation invades the rights of the individual and the rights of businesses to decide their own practices. Secondhand smoke extends past personal choice – when your smoke directly causes health problems for those around you it is no long an issue of individual choice. Smoking in your own house is your poor choice, but not a wrong choice. The act of forcing other patrons to take in your smog is wrong.Â
Another argument against this ban harks on the economic impacts on businesses affected by this legislation. In other states and cities, such as New York City, the ban actually saw an INCREASE in business in the businesses affected. Consumers actually enjoy being able to dine in an area where they are not harassed by smoke. This is actually a good decision for the economy in Michigan.Â
It is now time for the Michigan House to pass this legislation, where it faces some opposition from Democratic Representatives in the Detroit area. Make the right decision… Pass this legislation.Â