…So what’s the big deal? Why should you care? Because no matter how you think the government should spend your tax dollars (whether it be social programs, education, criminal justice, environmental protection, a return of those dollars to you through tax cuts, or any other cause) every cause is being squeezed from all sides.
The governor’s budget is a map to her strategy for governing. The budget is one barometer of where we’re headed as a people. It gives glimpses of our competitive strengths and weaknesses. It’s a window into the state’s future.
Today’s Fresh Thoughts For Michigan’s Transformation newsletter seeks to give citizens, in 10 minutes or less, a quick understanding of the state budget and the its priorities.
Michigan’s number one priority is to take care of state residents living in poverty. That’s the clear conclusion from the governor’s detailed 2009-10 budget proposal.
Forty percent of all tax dollars spent by the state of Michigan in the governor’s plan will be spent on social programs, including health care coverage for the poor, cash assistance, food assistance and other programs totaling $17.5 billion in state and federal funds. (read on…)
You may have to read fast to get through this excellent article and supporting information in 10 minutes, but I don’t think you’ll find a better way spend your time.