With the beginning of the fiscal year has come and gone in a flurry of activity, the budget has yet to be completed. The budget proposal passed by representatives to meet the October 1 deadline was vetoed in part by Governor Granholm, who stated, "I am determined to use whatever tools I have at my disposal, as governor, to give the people of Michigan the right budget" (newsradio). With nine of the twenty-eight bills inside of the budget have been signed into law, law makers continue to haggle over education and community health funds..
For the first time, the state legislature has passed a continuation budget. This bill allots funds for only 1/12 or one month of the new fiscal year's budget. State lawmakers are slowly making progress toward a solid budget, with a number of bills awaiting the Governor's signature.
However, the fate of Michigan Promise Scholarship is still undecided. Although many legislators did not want the program to be cut, the bill passed both the House and the Senate and now awaits Grandhom's approval. This development was met with frustration by some citizens; however, those in Lansing are working to find additional funds to support the scholarship program. The Detroit Free Press states that "[t]he state Senate will review proposed tax hikes approved Tuesday night in the House" (freep.com). Legislators are searching for revenue in the Physicians Tax that is already in place and by limiting the number of tax exemptions given. These possible taxes will go to the committee for hearing and testimony (freep.com).
Though the future of the Promise Scholarship is unsure, Governor Granholm has made it clear that she opposes large cuts to education including the scholarship program. It is now up to the law makers to close up the loose ends in the state budget, and although this temporary continuation budget does not solve the issue in government funds for the year, Granholm hopes "'[t]his temporary measure will maintain critical services while we continue to strive for a budget based on the priorities that matter to Michigan families'" (freep.com).