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Governor Signs State Budget into Law

Rep. Chuck Moss (R-Birmingham) participated in the bill-signing ceremony.

State Rep. Chuck Moss (R-Birmingham) was alongside Gov. Rick Snyder as he signed the 2011-12 budget into law Tuesday afternoon.

The $47.4 billion budget resolves a $1.5 billion shortfall with various cuts to education and government services.

Moss, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has said the cuts were necessary to revitalize Michigan's economy.

“Cuts are hard because it affects someone, somewhere,” said Moss. “But we’ve forgotten what it’s like to have a dynamic economy (in Michigan)."

The bill came to Snyder after months of negotiations. Snyder had set a May 31 deadline for lawmakers, who did submit the final budget before Memorial Day.

This is the first time three decades the budget has been completed this early.

Karen Meabrod June 22, 2011 at 01:19 PM
The whole article, including the picture, makes me want to upchuck.
Joan G. Berndt June 22, 2011 at 04:26 PM
I have 2 major concerns: #1--How many outstanding public school districts will we see become merely average now because the loss of funds will impact if not eliminate all the opportunities they can no longer offer? #2--How badly will public institutions (universities, radio & tv stations) and community food banks be impacted due to the loss of the double income tax credit for contributions to those groups? I don't see our politicians suffering any great loss of perks or income ; instead they pass a budget that drastically effects the quality of life in our state.
Laura Houser (Editor) June 22, 2011 at 05:15 PM
Those are great questions Joan! These are some of the things we'll be considering in the upcoming days as we take a look at how the 2011-12 state budget impacts Birmingham directly.
Jon Awbrey June 29, 2011 at 02:28 PM
What can you do about it? Recall — • http://www.firericksnyder.org/ • http://www.firericksnyder.org/community/all-events-list • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Recall-Governor-Rick-Snyder/113418962065885 Repeal — • http://repealpa4.org/ • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Repeal-PA4-Emergency-Managers-Washtenaw-Area/137390633002568 • http://sites.google.com/site/rejectemergencymanagers/ • http://www.facebook.com/rejectemergencymanagers
Jon Awbrey June 29, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Looking to the future, the main thing we need to understand is this — What we see happening in Benton Harbor, Detroit, and Pontiac, not to mention States from Florida to Wisconsin, will be coming our way sooner or later if not already here. It has nothing to do with black vs. white, left vs. right, liberal vs. libertarian, or any of those old-fangled diversions. It goes beyond education, public safety, public services, and even beyond the public sector workplace to the very ideas of community and the common good. Getting up to speed on that will take looking into the corporate ideology groups that now and then fly under the banners of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Broad Foundation, the DeVos family, the Koch brothers, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy (MCPP), and the whole bulk of the iceberg that threatens our democratic ship of state.

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