In news that should be surprising to nobody, one of the major issues in Governor Jennifer Granholm’s end of the year press conference was that the looming $1 billion (possibly as much as $3 billion) hole in the state budget means either a tax increase or a cut in services. While the Governor acknowledged that budget cuts would certainly be part of the remedy, she didn’t think that was to total solution, saying that in the November election, “The citizens said it’s not all about slashing our investment in our citizens and our quality of life.”
Read Granholm: Citizens want stable state services more than tax cuts from Booth Newspapers, Granholm: State must raise taxes or cut back in the Freep and/or Deficit = more cuts, taxes? in the Detroit News.
Over in the blogosphere, you can take your pick of a blue-toned post suggesting that maybe we do have to pay for the society we live in (PG-13 for brief language) or red-flavored reaction calling for going over the budget with a fine-bladed scalpel.