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    MSU, U-M advocate alternative higher education funding metric

    Karen Confer

    Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon pointed legislators to an alternative higher education funding metric in an effort to adapt the assessment tools Gov. Rick Snyder advocated in his ...

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    Universities contemplate merit of governor’s performance metrics

    Karen Confer

    Gov. Rick Snyder offered universities a slight increase in higher education funding for fiscal year 2013, provided they perform in a few key areas. More degrees completed. Better graduation rates in key skill ...

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    Snyder presents FY 2013 budget recommendation

    Karen Confer

    Last year, it was a $1.5 billion deficit and a motto of "shared sacrifice." This year, sporting a structurally balanced checkbook and a modest surplus, Gov. Rick Snyder was able to ...

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    Michigan to use piece of surplus to close funding gap in pension tax

    Karen Confer

    Michigan will use a chunk of surplus revenue to pay for the one component of the pension tax overturned by the state Supreme Court in its Nov. 18, 2011 ...

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    State sporting surplus of about $434 million

    Karen Confer

    It's a statement no one in Michigan has had the joy of uttering in a decade, but it's true: The state has money. More money than lawmakers and economists thought it ...

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    Michigan's Financial History

    Karen Confer

    When Gov. Rick Snyder signed the FY 2011-12 budget in June 2011, he promised it would bring stabilization to a bank account that has seen declining revenues for the past decade. ...

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    "Dollars and Sense", Snyder's Report, Reviewed

    Evan

    Governor Rick Snyder released his report "Dollars and Sense, How State and Local Governments in Michigan Spend Your Money" on Monday, January 31st 2011. He calls it a 2011 citizen's guide ...

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    Boost In Leadership Brings Hope

    Gennafer Musial

    The economic woes continue to plague Michigan; however, legislators have yet to come up with a plan to revitalize our current situation. State Representative Alma Wheeler Smith was the first to ...

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    Lawmakers Wrestle With Two Year Budget Proposal

    Gennafer Musial

    As the struggle to resolve the state budget continues, lawmakers are racing against an eighteen day deadline to pull together a budget that will last through the next two years. This ...

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    Granholm Proposes $670 Million in Cuts

    Patrick Heffner

    To help address the 1.6 billion dollar budget deficit for fiscal year 2009, Governor Jennifer Granholm proposed budget cuts totalling $670 million for a wide array of programs.  The proposed ...

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    The Michigan Policy Network is a student-led public education and research program to report and organize news and information about the political process surrounding Michigan state policy issues. It is run out of the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, with participation by students from the College of Social Science, the College of Communication, and James Madison College. 

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    Meet your Policy Fellow: Evan Martinak

    Evan Martinak is state budget policy fellow for the Michigan Policy Network. Evan is from Walled Lake, Michigan on the east side. He is a student in James Madison College, pursuing a major in international relations and also doubling it with an economics major. He intends to pursue a minor in Philosophy of Law. He is highly involved in student government at MSU. He is a member of ASMSU (The Associated Student of Michigan State University) as well as James Madison College Student Senate. He is also an avid Manchester United fan.