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    Michigan Business Development Policy Shi …

    Kevin Green

    The Legislature’s ongoing budget discussions have dramatically shifted in tone since economic forecasters revealed that businesses with tax agreements under the Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) are submitting much higher claims than originally anticipated. The shortfall affects both the current 2014-15 budget and future budgets until 2032, and will be a ...

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    Pension Reform

    Mattie Cook

    When Michigan restructured the pension plans of state employees in March 1997, the reforms contrasted with the state's former benefits plan for governmental employees, which was a "defined-benefit" plan. Under the current "defined-contribution" plan, all government workers hired after March 31st 1997 are responsible for contributing voluntary amounts to their individual ...

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    Legislators debate removing Michigan’s …

    Karen Confer

    Continuing in their quest to reform Michigan's tax code, many Republican lawmakers recently have been debating the elimination of the state's personal property tax.

    Several Republican Senators introduced in February two bills that would eliminate the tax. The debate then picked up steam in recent months, sending many local ...

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    Granholm’s book offers (bitter) accoun …

    Karen Confer

    An unmitigated belief that tax cuts can stimulate the economy played a large role in the budget crises and economic disaster Michigan faced during the 2000s, former Governor Jennifer Granholm asserts in her recent book. .

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    Measuring Policy Priorities: Michigan's …

    Karen Confer

    Politicians are always running for office. It's not an original observation, but it is an important one. In order to have the power to make a difference, politicians constantly need favor from the public, interest groups, corporations and donors. To curry support, every lawmaker talks about their championed causes and their preferred ...

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    Michigan Budget 101

    Karen Confer

    From roads to colleges to food stamps to police, most of the institutes of government Michiganders interact on a daily basis are funded completely or primarily by the state. Although the flashy debates among Washington's top players about the federal budget process inevitably nab the biggest headlines, the complex Michigan budget process ...

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    State Higher Education Funding Debate

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    During the 1980s, Michigan's 15 public universities received about 75 percent of their funding from the state and only generated about 25 percent of their funding from tuition dollars, according to Mark Burnham, Michigan State University's vice president for governmental affairs. Today, those ratios have flipped, and this year's budget negotiations ...

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    Snyder Seeks Cost Saving Solutions

    Evan

    In the last week of January, Rick Snyer challenged local government officials to come up with ways to save money and promote efficiency. Snyder plans on giving local government financial rewards who develop sharing services and create innovative approaches to change the state's revenue sharing model. Revenue sharing, or payments from state ...

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    Grand Valley State University State Appr …

    Tracey Holland

    The West Michigan metropolitan area is actively engaged in urban renewal and seeks to strengthen its 21st century economy. The economic development focus in this area's central city, Grand Rapids, aims to retain and create jobs primarily by strengthening existing companies in the area (K. Woods, personal communication, October, 20, 2010). ...

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    State Budget Under New Governor, Legisla …

    Evan

    With the November 2nd election of new Michigan governor R-Rick Snyder in addition to the influx of elected republicans, the state is buzzing with excitement because for the first time in many years, Michigan legislature might overcome partisan gridlock to get more done in the Capitol. Republicans are taking Tuesday's vote as a ...

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    The Office of Retirement Services (ORS)

    Evan

    The Office of Retirement Services is a division of the State of Michigan's Department of Technology, Management and Budget whose primary function is to serve the working and retired public servants of Michigan. The ORS is divided into the following retirement systems: Public School Employees Retirement System, State Employees Retirement System, ...

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    New Governor Faces Huge Deficit

    Evan

    Whether Michiganders elect R-Rick Snyder or D-Virg Bernero, the next Governor of Michigan will face a large deficit and a long road ahead in the balancing of the budget. Both candidates say they will cut business taxes to create more jobs, yet this will not fill the void that one time ...

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    Granholm Vetoes Liquor Sales, Education …

    Evan

    Governor Granholm vetoed a bill last Tuesday that would have allowed for Sunday morning liquor sales in Michigan. In addition, this bill would have identified how $316 million federal aid would be spent on public schools.

     

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    Michigan Budget Reform Proposals

    Nick Quigley

    The economic woes facing the State of Michigan over the past decade have lead to record unemployment, lower tax revenues, an increase in need for services, and an annual budget deficit in the billions of dollars. In order to plug the deficit, the state has used over a billion dollars in ...

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    Comparative Analysis of Michigan, Illino …

    Gennafer Musial

    The budget struggles facing each of the 50 states during the fiscal year of 2009 were the toughest of the decade. Michigan was ranked as one of the worst ten states in terms of its economy. This has caused a major increase in the budget deficit and has challenged legislators to ...

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    Budget Plans for Gubernatorial Candidate …

    Gennafer Musial

    With the 2010 gubernatorial elections fast-approaching, candidates must state their vision for the future of Michigan. In light of the state's economic struggles, most candidates agree that the time has come for a budget makeover. However, each has one's own remedy to Michigan ailing health.

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    MEGA Expansion Survives House and Senate

    Gennafer Musial

    With Michigan's strained economy, lawmakers have been working to reverse the incessant decline in state revenue. The legislature passed their latest solution that will increase the cap on tax incentives given out by the MEGA, the Michigan Economic Growth Authority. This bill poses the question of whether MEGA's efforts will be ...

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    Michigan Economists Too Optimistic On Re …

    Gennafer Musial

    Michigan policy makers miss the mark again on the estimation of state revenue through the month of September. The Lansing Associated Press reported that the estimate was off by $130 million; these revenue dollars were meant to be divided between general government services and K-12 education (WKAR ). These trends ...

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    Center Stage: An Indepth Look At State B …

    Gennafer Musial

    Every Septmber, news headlines flash a multitude of words like "fiscal year," "bipartisan," and "state revenue." These terms often mean little more to the average person than the legislators in Lansing are finally trying to accomplish something. It often remains unknown the amount of time and research that goes into planning ...

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    As the Deadline Approaches: Legistlators …

    Gennafer Musial

    Political leaders in Lansing have finally put down their swords and settled on an agreement for next year's budget. With the help of $1.2 billion in budget cuts and federal stimulus dollars, the looming gap in the state's budget has finally been closed. The targets of this year's cuts will include ...

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    Budget Overview- Corrections Spending

    Patrick Heffner

    The second issue I would like to examine is corrections spending. Michigan has recently undertaken significant corrections reforms, attempting to cut incarceration costs in the state. Even Governor Granholm's recent budget addresses the issue. By looking at other state's budgets for their prison systems, Michigan policymakers can see ...

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    Budget Overview- Education Spending

    Patrick Heffner

    The first significant budget expenditure I will analyze is Michigan's educational expenditures. My goal is not to ask whether the amount Michigan is spending on education is sufficient, but rather how Michigan's budget compares to other states regarding educational ...

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    State Budget- An Overview

    Patrick Heffner

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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.