8:02 Mike Bishop proposes instant solutions with no new spending:
- Repeal the 22% surcharge of the business tax
- He also apparently read the news today, and says that tax cuts work. Cut taxes across the board.
- Tax credit for purchase of new homes.
8:00 Long on hope, short on solutions I’m afraid.
7:55 I guess these individual citizen introductions are a good thing, but I am kind of tired of having every speech by every official bring in “the average joe”
7:53 Health care for everyone is good, I don’t see where the money to pay for it is though
7:49 A utility shutoff moratorium is a good thing, and I think they have had enough profits for a few years.
7:47 With costs going up for universities, how are they going to freeze costs?
7:40 Small high schools are now to be encouraged. As a board member at a small school, I am smiling … until I realize that there’s not going to be anything said about declining funding.
7:38 Commercial for Bell’s Beer.
7:35 The peanut gallery says “Urban Options anyone?” The harder look at new coal plants is a good thing I think.
7:34 The Michigan Energy Corps – there’s an idea!
7:33 Michigan businesses are installing Michigan products in Michigan government buildings. We can apparently do this too
7:29 She says Michigan will pledge to reduce reliance on fossil fuels by 45% by 2020. That’s a key to attracting alternative energy businesses to Michigan. Contingent on legislature approval.
7:27 Get me everything you know on Great Lakes Turbine.
7:23 The sound stages and production facilities are huge for long term filmmaking in Michigan.
7:18 Pothole repair! (photo is Beyotch by photoshoparama)
7:16 Granholm touts all the cutting she’s done. It’s true, but I’m getting tired of hearing about it.
7:09 You can listen actually live at WDET. The Gov says that things will get better because we have a focused battle plan of fighting for better paying jobs, through education & training and by protecting our people. I was sort of hoping that was happening already.
7:04 After 34 minutes of clapping, I’m ready to declare Michigan the winner and give everyone $1000.
6:45 Somebody told me to chill out, so I won’t rant about how I think that we’ll be making choices this year that would have been infinitely easier had we made them 2 years ago. At least not here.
The photo is Casa De Espana – Detroit by Derek Farr ( DetroitDerek) and it’s the most popular photo for a search on “State of the State” in the Absolute Michigan pool and a photo of Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm who will deliver (I think) her 7th State of the State address tonight.