The Detroit News takes a look at what Governor Granholm is likely to propose in tonight’s State of the State address to address Michigan’s $1.6 billion deficit. It’s not pretty:
Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants to eliminate the 160-year-old Michigan State Fair, slash elected officials’ pay by 10 percent and slim down state government from 18 departments to eight.
The proposals, to be outlined in her seventh State of the State address Tuesday, underscore the gravity of Michigan’s budget crisis, and the impact of the national recession on this state…
Lt. Gov. John Cherry will lead a year-long commission charged with reducing the number of state departments in future years, but Granholm will propose scrapping the 226-employee, $52.2 million Department of History, Arts and Libraries this year.
Michigan public television stations will broadcast the address and the Detroit Free Press will be streaming the State of the State online.
Tune in here at 6:30 or so tonight and we’ll be live-blogging the State of the State and hope you’ll add your comments to the mix!