Opinion | Governor’s cuts use people as negotiation tools

Sen. Ruth Johnson

Sen. Ruth Johnson, a Republican from Holly, represents Michigan’s 14th Senate district.

I served in the House of Representatives with now-Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. We even had babies at the same time. On “Take your Daughter to Work Day” almost 20 years ago, we brought our daughters on the House floor, and photos of them playing together received national media coverage for their symbolic message of bipartisanship.

I have respected the governor through the years. I don’t always agree with her on the issues, but I have defended her ability and her right to be in the office she holds. But part of being a leader is recognizing when you have made a mistake — and this past week she made a doozy.

The Legislature produced a balanced budget that was largely bipartisan with no new taxes. It took a lot of work, but we got it done. Unfortunately, the governor line-item vetoed $947 million and moved around another $625 million, hurting our most vulnerable and those in need. 

She cut an extra $375 million for our roads and scholarships for kids headed off to college and $128 million from education — including $35 million to deny some of the most vulnerable children in our state the same funding increases given to other children for their education. The funding for programs to help children with autism or seniors with Alzheimer’s were cut out of the Legislative budget by the governor.

It’s cruel, and it’s wrong.

The Legislature appropriated $7.5 million to help ensure the safety of drinking water for the 25 percent of Michigan residents relying on private wells (more than any other state in the country), but the governor transferred it all to another program that the Legislature had already invested $30 million into. What makes this even worse, is that this was after numerous open meetings, public input and every Senate Democrat supporting the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy budget. People are unknowingly drinking contaminated well water and the governor is now blocking efforts to let people know.

I worked with my colleagues to secure this funding because I believed it was the right thing to do, not because I benefit personally. I helped get grant money for health departments to help people test their drinking water to know if their kids are drinking arsenic, volatile organic compounds or nitrates and it’s making them sick. There is no reason to knowingly let people drink contaminated water that has severe health consequences.

Why cut money from roads and education and other important programs when there is an agreement on the need and the budget was balanced with no new taxes? Why cut from students at risk? Why veto programs with bipartisan support to help our kids read? Why in the world cut $10 million in school building security upgrades to keep our kids safe? It doesn’t make any sense.

Here’s the real scoop. The cuts by the governor were merely to use the people impacted as tools for negotiations. The governor is trying to put pressure on the Legislature to accept a 45-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase. Worse yet, approximately $600 million of the governor’s proposed $2.5 billion tax annual increase would never be used to fix our roads — she plans to use it for other programs.

I grew up in a blue-collar family under the poverty level and worked five days a week at age 13. I know you don’t make a point by hurting people who are already struggling. It’s the governor’s choice to veto the extra $375 million of road funding the Legislature appropriated if she feels we need a better long-term solution in her view. I don’t agree with her, but I think some at least understand that decision. However, the gutting of important programs that occurred earlier this week went far beyond roads.

The governor’s 45-cent gas tax hike was dead on arrival. Not a single member of the Legislature in her own party has even introduced the bill. Move on. We don’t win every battle. You don’t set the house on fire because you want the kitchen remodeled.

 

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Comments

Kevin Grand
Sun, 10/06/2019 - 9:01pm

Gov. Whitmer is just the consummate liar.

First, we went from "Fix the damn roads", to her CUTTING $36.9-million from roads with last weeks little budget temper tantrum.

And then there is this:

"More than 70 communities have drinking water systems with higher lead levels than Flint and billions of gallons of sewage currently contaminate our water ways. It’s time to fix it, and fix it right.

To grow our economy and make Michigan a state that businesses move to and can grow in, we must invest in our roads, bridges, water systems, broadband, and electrical grid. Good roads are good for Michigan families and businesses and infrastructure investment is economic development. We can attract the jobs of the future and help businesses grow right here in Michigan."

https://www.gretchenwhitmer.com/issues/infrastructure/

Senator Shirkey said it best when he said, “I’m afraid the budget is done now."

The Michigan Legislature shouldn't do anything at this point. It had already done its job. Let Gov. Whitmer contend with the fallout from her own actions.

WRTolkas
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 8:12am

Thank you, Kevin. Great commentary.

abe bubush
Sat, 10/19/2019 - 3:57am

Kevin Grand is a consistent shill for any failed Republican. The damage and destruction of the states economy, infrastructure, and education can all be laid squarely at the feet of the tax cutting liars who populate the Republican Senate and House in Michigan. That's about as simple a fact that there is.

Kevin Grand
Sat, 10/26/2019 - 8:10am

Remind me again which democrat-ran city went bankrupt and required the Michigan Taxpayer to pull them out from under their own corruption and ineptitude?

Here's a hint: their own public school system experienced a similar fate (and subsequent rescue).

Pete
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 9:12am

What part of the budget sent to the governor fixed the damn roads or offered any sort of meaningful investment in infrastructure?

Matt
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 11:00am

So $600 million additonal in this year's budget alone is so meaningless that it's not worth doing? Her $2.5 Billion number was unrealistic on many levels from the start and just a ploy to redirect extra $$ to her supporters.

middle of the mit
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 7:16pm

$2.5 billion to fix roads which this article says is needed. https://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-government/no-escaping-billions-dollar...

[[Though most residents may not like higher taxes, they’re going to pay to either fix the roads or the cost of lost productivity, broken rims and wasted time that will continue to haunt Michigan unless the roads’ problem is solved, they said.

The discussion, a “Solutions Summit” sponsored by The Center for Michigan and Crain’s Detroit Business, made clear that experts confirm what so many Michigan drivers have long experienced: the state’s road and bridge network is in disrepair and needs a shocking amount of money – anywhere from $2 billion to $2.5 billion more a year.]]

Yet Snyder and Republicans passed a $2billion tax cut for Snyders and Republicans supporters.....businesses. And that was just fine.

Check your rims! And shocks and struts and your paint job......

Oh here! We can use pig poop to fix the roads https://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-government/here-are-9-ways-build-bette...

Rick
Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:15pm

Thanks for reminding people about Snyder's tax cut and the impact on our roads. It was supposed to 'pay for itself' and reap a ton of revenue. It didn't and never would.

Just welfare for businesses that don't need welfare. But they do write a lot of bribes, er, 'campaign contributions' to legislators, so...

Time to stop the tax cut nonsense and pay for our failing infrastructure. The Republicans want to kick the can down the road (pun intended) for another decade it appears.

Jessica
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 12:46pm

What bribes? Can you give me an example? Please cite your sources.

Kevin Grand
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 7:14am

Did you even look closely at the budget and Gov. Whitmer's cuts Pete?

The line item veto that Gov. Whitmer used was to yank a $375-million appropriation from road funding.

For a governor who used fixing the roads as THE campaign slogan to get her elected, even you would have a hard time arguing that a decrease is somehow better than even a modest bump over last year's budget.

Just shut the e...
Sat, 10/19/2019 - 3:58am

You have nothing to offer except supplication to failed governance by corrupt, lazy, and lying Republicans.

fox1george
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:53am

A true believer----no matter what my side does it's right; if something goes wrong, blame it on the other side.
The Republicans have controlled the State for years. Result: failure to maintain infrastructure in any meaninful way; failure to fund all schools (including colleges) making MI one of the lowest raking States supporting public colleges; closing mental health hospitals relegating mentally ill to prisons (and helping drive up costs); privatizing prisons with disastrous results including high suicide rates for prison guards; etc. etc. BUT after a decade of this, blame it all on the current Governor who can do NOTHING because of these same republicans who refuse to address the problems in any meaninful ways because: (a) they don't believe in governing -"Government is the problem"; and (b ) taxes are bad, wrong and wasteful and must Never be raised for any reason. Michigan has gone from on the best States in the Union to a second rate
State on a par with the Southern States. Poor schools, poor roads, poor water, poor salaries and the young educated leaving for other States leaving us with the 42nd youngest state in the Union. We now have the 12th oldest population in the US> My advice: if you are young, get the hell out.

L Walker
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 2:01pm

No matter what side?
This isn't about sides, it's about people.
Plain and simple.
She has royally screwed the people.

Bernadette
Thu, 10/10/2019 - 10:29am

The Republican party has split this state and this country into political sides. They have their own media, they live in echo chambers to the point now they don't even know what the truth is. You say this is about the people(I think you mean "your people" whoever that may be.) If you look at the reality of all Michigan statistics you may be doing ok, but for the most part over half the state is suffering from poor education, poor water, bad roads, just to name a few. This is under 8 years of Republican leadership who got into office by gerrymandering their way in. Now that they don't control the entire government, they whine, blame, play dirty politics and you defend this. Please open your eyes.

Rick
Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:16pm

He won't open his eyes - reality is blinding to Republicans.

Jessica
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 12:45pm

Bernadette,
When I moved to Michigan Granholm was in office and this state was such a mess my family and I weren't even sure if we would stay. Things started turning around when Snyder took office, so we decided to give it more time. I am more of an independent and it is not about taking sides but more about helping the people. Snyder may not have been perfect, but he brought work back to this state. Whitmer is not helping people, but instead, she is hindering us. We cannot have a healthy state unless the people are working to pay their taxes that are used to fix the other problems.

Carolyn
Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:13am

No. She has not "screwed the people". It is a process but the Republicans don't want to play. They just want power and think that if they bully and push their agenda everyone else will simply obey. Look at how they are trying to undermine the anti-gerrymandering law we passed. They are under funding the new board and fighting it in court with baseless claims just to delay and cost us money. The comfortably seated house and senate members in Michigan have forgotten that politics is about representing their people and not just about chasing the money or power grabs. I didn't see a good faith effort by our senate and house on the budget to meet our governor half way. If you know that the roads are very important to her then offer her a real deal in good faith and she will in turn honor what is most important to you. It is called negotiating, a skill that is far more powerful in the end then bullying.

Chuck Fellows
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:41pm

When faced with a group of incompetents that understand neither the economy of governing you use the tools to have. Republicans could sit down and negotiate supplemental actions to resolve budget issues; unfortunately republicans refuse to negotiate. Their policy is our way or the highway. So, if kids go without education, and the infrastructure continued to fail, look to republicans , the group that hates teachers, minorities and women with their policy initiatives. Refuse to budge from their failed ideology.

Kevin Grand
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 6:55am

They tried sitting down and negotiating.

Gov. Whitmer threw a hissy-fit and walked away.

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/09/11/gop-lea...

Say, isn't THAT Jonathan Oosting's name on that byline?

You would think that he wouldn't told his colleagues at The Bridge about that troublesome little detail by now so that they may accurately report the facts to their readers...

Charles Buck
Sun, 10/06/2019 - 11:00pm

Republicans are in no position to lecture anyone about playing hardball politics and holding hostages. It was former Governor John Engler who signed a bill slashing local school property taxes in 1993 before any replacement funding mechanism was in place. He was accused by Former State Rep. Lynn Jondahl, an ordained minister, of putting a gun to the heads of Michigan school children, and as we know that gun has been going off ever since blowing third grade reading scores all over classroom desks. Whatever went through the GOP's head to politicize such usually bipartisan things as road funding and public schools is for everyone to lament.

Matt
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 11:13am

Yah I remember when 25 years ago, someone did .... Really?

middle of the mit
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 7:22pm

What's wrong Matt? Don't like the legacy the Republican party has left in this State since 12 years of Engler, 8 years of Granholm and 8 years of Snyder?

By my Northern MI math that means that Rs have been in control of the Governorship for 20 years as opposed to 8 for dems. And the legislature? We know how that goes....R.

When it is your record and you are mostly if not totally in control, you HAVE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.

All Republicans...
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 6:48am

After everything our Republican president has done I will never EVER listen to a Republican talk about cruel and wrong again.
This morning Trump has sold out the lives of an ally and set them up for a massacre!
You have no moral standing to attack ANYONE!

Matt
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 11:08am

Are you referring to Syria? That red line in the sand if they gased their civilians? Oh wait ... that might have been someone else ... who was that again?

Excalibur
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 3:56pm

That line in the sand did not disrupt the Middle East like Trumps self-described "great and unmatched wisdom". Nor did it betray a loyal military ally that carried the heaviest load while destroying ISIS in Syria. It is now likely that the Kurds will have to fight a brutal aggression by the Turks, who consider them to be terrorists. Their blood will be on Trumps hands. Loyalty and any modicum of human decency is beyond him.

The fact is that the current President gave not one thought to the possibility that the Kurds could be facing a disaster unless Congress intercedes.

One politician called Trump's action a "stain on America's honor". It is more than that.

Now that we have sold out the Kurds, good luck recruiting another alliance to fight radical Islamists. Good luck having America's word accepted as a reliable absolute.

All of this because Trump's consciousness is filtered through a prism that disallows everything but I,I,I and me, me, me. He is loyal to nobody except himself.

Matt
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 5:28pm

None of this is to excuse or support Trump's actions in Syria. We don't disagree here. But saying he's the only crappy president or even the worst on this regard ignores the historical record.

Excalibur
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 5:55am

What happened in the Garden of Eden is of timeless and universal significance, Nobody in the human race is without sin.

That being said, why bring that point up, with more than a little bit of snark, unless the point is to mitigate Trumps horrible, unforgivable act. I'll be waiting for you to render comparable mercy onto someone who disagrees with your point of view, perhaps the person who, according to you, was aberrent in his mothers basement.

As far as Trump is concerned, he is a deplorable specimen. He is coarse, crude, corrupt and as his recent judgement concerning Syria proves, ignorant. He is the worst President of my lifetime.

Steve
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 8:58am

MAGA !!!!!

Sherrie VandePutte
Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:40pm

He "borrowed" that from Reagan.

Excalibur
Fri, 10/11/2019 - 2:10am

Being wrong on occasion is a part of the American experience. However, this country has always tried to remedy its errors. The fact is that Trump's "Make America Great again"assumes that, at some time, America lost its greatness. That is political rubbish. America, evolving from thousands of years of Judeo-Christian ethics and sense of justice, the Renaissence, Age of Reason and the American Revolution, has always been great---and don't you forget it pal. The Declaration of Independence and the revolution that followed changed the world for the better.

On the other hand, there were those who, early on, questioned the ability of common folk to participate in political affairs. For example, once, while having dinner with Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton suggested that the common folk were "a beast". Beyond that, early on at the 1787 Constituional Convention, a majority of delegates considered the general populace to be led by emotion rather than their intellect. Too easily led by a demagog they felt. Therefore, the federal Senate was to be determined by state legislatures, not the people. That was the case until Teddy Roosevelts Bull Moosers, progressives and liberals pushed and succeeded in a Constitutional Amendment that validated all state citizens voting for their Senator: not the state legislators.

It's worth reminding you, Steve, that it was the political left that gave you the ability to directly vote for your Senator; not the MAGA cult, or people like them, that you are supporting.

Sorry pal.

In conclusion, I used the word "cult" because no true conservative would accept them as conservatives because conservatism has a legitimate philosophy. The cult of grifters that you promote do not.

WRTolkas
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 6:59am

Thank you for holding the line on tax hikes. Michiganders are now well aware of bait and switch the 45-cent tax represents. I am proud of the bipartisanship of both parties when working on the budget. Both parties know that tax hike is dead. Unfortunately One-Term Whitmer is having a toddler tantrum which is affecting the most vulnerable citizens and the issues we thought she was championing.

Bill Scarborough
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 9:13am

I attended the social event at Andiamo last week where you emphasized your efforts to be non-partisan. I truly respect that and feel you do a very good job at it. However on occasion you publish guest commentaries by people who clearly have an agenda and whose commentaries only contain their opinion with no facts to back them up. Today’s article state Senator Ruth Johnson is a clear example of that.

Bones
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 9:29am

Hypocrite

GOP Hypocrites
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 9:36am

"Governor’s cuts use people as negotiation tools"... For decades, GOP cuts have used people as negotiation tools. How do you negotiate with GOP people who hate negotiation and don't believe in compromise or compassion? GOP is Christian Taliban used by greedy International Oligarchs.

Holly
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:20am

Gov. Whitmer is trying to get Republicans back to the negotiating table. They wrote a budget with NO input from her and that is wrong. Michigan now has lower tax rates than we did in 1967. This would be a good time for Republicans to say that we do need to increase taxes now because the needs in our state - particularly infrastructure and education - are so high now. But Republicans worry more about re-election than being honest with people. Right now they need to come back to the negotiating table and talk seriously about a budget that will restore some of these cuts but will increase road and education budgets to realistic levels

L Walker
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 2:04pm

That's not true.

middle of the mit
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 7:32pm

Could you please provide proof of what the poster said was wrong?

Matt has a thing for people proving what they say is correct, so....

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/10/07/us/politics/ap-us-budget-def...

“The government ran a budget deficit of just under $1 trillion in the just-closed fiscal year,” the AP reports.

“The $984 billion deficit tally for 2019 came in more than $200 billion more than last year’s, despite very low unemployment and continuing economic growth.”

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/10/06/opinion/income-tax-rate-w...

The 400 wealthiest Americans last year paid a lower total tax rate — spanning federal, state and local taxes — than any other income group, the New York Times reports.

“That’s a sharp change from the 1950s and 1960s, when the wealthy paid vastly higher tax rates than the middle class or poor. Since then, taxes that hit the wealthiest the hardest — like the estate tax and corporate tax — have plummeted, while tax avoidance has become more common.”

BH
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:21am

What was cruel and wrong and cynical was the budget provided by the GOP. Education has been under attack for years through Republican efforts as has infrastructure. Come on people, we need more funding to take care of Michigan's needs or we can keep complaining that nothing gets done.

Matt
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 7:52am

BH and Holly, Be specific here what taxes do you want to see raised? My local school taxes seem constantly to be raised, is this what you want? How about making sales tax across the board? Please don't let us hear you only want taxes raised on someone else. That is tiresome.

middle of the mit
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 7:37pm

Matt, could you please provide proof of your local school taxes going up? literally the only they can is if the school puts a specific millage on the ballot. Otherwise Prop 1 caps school tax.

I know this because our school wants to fix it's building and the local retirees don't want to pay for it on their property taxes.

Move up here!

Anna
Thu, 10/17/2019 - 9:48am

Middle of the Mit -

School and other property taxes have gone up here in Washtenaw County every year since 2009. That's because the amount you pay is based on the market value of your property. The increase is capped (Thanks to Proposal A!), but every single city and county assessor in the state is eager to recoup as much as possible of the revenue they lost starting during the Granholm administration's single state recession. Property values started back up again under the Snyder administration and have been growing ever since.

On top of those increases, multiple school districts, especially those in S.E. Michigan, have managed to pass new or renew expiring millages, which also produce increased revenue for the county or schools (and increased bills for property owners) with every increase in property value.

middle of the mit
Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:18pm

Anna,
The only reason your tax rates have gone up since 2009 is because they probably went down in 2008 during the home "crisis". And even then, it is always based on the value of your home. If you don't high taxes, you could always purchase a lower cost home.

But what you are saying is that your property taxes went down under Granholm and our "single state recession" but now you are complaining because the rates gone up under Snyder.

This is why I have a hard time understanding conservatives. They despise when their property values go down, yet they love it when they go up, yet they despise the fact that with higher values their tax rates go up. Even when capped.

How do you get around that boondoggle?

Make sure that a $4,000 trailer is taxed the same as $1,000,000 home?

Matt
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 7:52am

BH and Holly, Be specific here what taxes do you want to see raised? My local school taxes seem constantly to be raised, is this what you want? How about making sales tax across the board? Please don't let us hear you only want taxes raised on someone else. That is tiresome.

middle of the mit
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 7:40pm

And since you want sales tax to be across the board, including food, can we extend that to business to business transactions and farm business?

Or are you just trying to broaden the base so you can lower the rates for the businesses?

Dean
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:29am

How do we get rid of this Dictator?

Bob Dunn
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:07pm

I find the Republican responses extremely disturbing regarding the budget. When the Republican leadership waits until the last minute to submit a budget and expects it to be accepted as given is not how the process works. Yet, they go on vacation and ignore their responsibility to the people of Michigan. They want our new Governor to look bad and are playing sour grapes with the lives of children, our roads, and education. Obviously, they want us to get to the bottom in education, infrastructure, and security. Why would anyone want to stay here given the games being played by Republicans? Hopefully, people are wise enough to figure this out in the next election.

Bernadette
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 5:41pm

Well said Bob. This has been an illegitimate legislature for years. They are all about whining, scapegoating, and blaming the other person. Don't talk to me about cruel when their President has assaulted the very foundation of this country, and they stand by and watch. They know how to play the "tricks" of politics and have no integrity.

Matthew K.
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 3:51pm

If Whitmer wishes to be a 1 term governor she will get her wish with the gas tax. But only to be voted out on promises of the next governor repealing it. Stop raising taxes, its time to cut spending.

Sherrie VandePutte
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 1:06am

I wish all politicians would refrain from sound bits with little to no information but plenty of judgments . Americans are not well served by oversimplified sound bites that are really just designed to persuade? Out of context, the numbers mean nothing. Who is "most vulnerable?" Ms. Johnson, you are my state senator. Would you be willing to hold a meeting in your district to illuminate some of the details behind your statements? I'd love to hear the same from Gov. Whitmer.

Kurt
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 2:25pm

Thank you Governor.

DDB
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 4:41pm

The Cons in Michigan forget the criminal Governor that poisoned Flint and that non of their kind went to prison for it..

middle of the mit
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 8:11pm

Where to start?

[[The Legislature produced a balanced budget that was largely bipartisan with no new taxes. It took a lot of work, but we got it done. Unfortunately, the governor line-item vetoed $947 million and moved around another $625 million, hurting our most vulnerable and those in need. ]]

Senator, did you see what the Republicans did with the budget during Snyders Governorship? Did you see what the Republicans tried to do to those without healthcare? Wouldn't at least some of them be considered amongst our most vulnerable? Never mind what they did to unemployment and food stamps.

[[She cut an extra $375 million for our roads and scholarships for kids headed off to college and $128 million from education — including $35 million to deny some of the most vulnerable children in our state the same funding increases given to other children for their education. The funding for programs to help children with autism or seniors with Alzheimer’s were cut out of the Legislative budget by the governor.

It’s cruel, and it’s wrong.]]

Did you see what your party did to education to fund the $2billion a year tax break for businesses? Did you think that was cruel and wrong? What about what they did to retirees?

[[The Legislature appropriated $7.5 million to help ensure the safety of drinking water for the 25 percent of Michigan residents relying on private wells (more than any other state in the country), but the governor transferred it all to another program that the Legislature had already invested $30 million into]]

Your party talking about clean drinking water after trying to cover up what happened in Flint and what you are doing with superfund sites and letting the polluter go free? That is hypocrisy at it's finest.

[[What makes this even worse, is that this was after numerous open meetings, public input and every Senate Democrat supporting the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy budget. People are unknowingly drinking contaminated well water and the governor is now blocking efforts to let people know]]

And here is the reason for the hypocrisy. R's are worried about well water not treated water from a city water system. Even though most of the polluted water from wells is because of a local business and or military facility.

When ya start hammering the polluters so the State doesn't have to subsidize or "SOCIALIZE" the costs?

[[Why cut money from roads and education and other important programs when there is an agreement on the need and the budget was balanced with no new taxes? Why cut from students at risk? Why veto programs with bipartisan support to help our kids read? Why in the world cut $10 million in school building security upgrades to keep our kids safe? It doesn’t make any sense.]]

I nor you believe that the Governor wants this to actually happen. She has little leverage. She needs to use what leverage she has to force your hand because she thinks you care about the people up north. Do you? Then negotiate. It's was no different when you were in control.

[[Here’s the real scoop. The cuts by the governor were merely to use the people impacted as tools for negotiations. The governor is trying to put pressure on the Legislature to accept a 45-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase. Worse yet, approximately $600 million of the governor’s proposed $2.5 billion tax annual increase would never be used to fix our roads — she plans to use it for other programs.]]

Just what I said before. And if she was going to use $600 million for other purposes, how would she do that without the approval of the Senate and house? And if she could, it would only be to shore up what you took away and gave as a $2 Billion tax break to businesses.

[[I grew up in a blue-collar family under the poverty level and worked five days a week at age 13. I know you don’t make a point by hurting people who are already struggling.]]

Once again, then why beat up on the poors? Read some comments from Republicans like Matt. He wants to tax poor people for food purchases.

[[The governor’s 45-cent gas tax hike was dead on arrival. Not a single member of the Legislature in her own party has even introduced the bill. Move on. We don’t win every battle. You don’t set the house on fire because you want the kitchen remodeled.]]

No, you don't set the house on fire when you want the kitchen remolded.

But if you don't replace that leaking faucet? You are going to pay a lot for more remodeling than you thought you were going to need. And when Dad and Mom get tax breaks and can't fund the remodeling to fix it because they won't be profitable anymore, Mom and Dad (businesses and the wealthy) shouldn't be surprised when they fall on top of the kids who already fell through the floor they wouldn't help fix.

Robin
Thu, 10/10/2019 - 9:49am

ALL of these Deep State Useful Idiot's must gooooooooooooooooooo! People PLEASE research the person you want to vote for BEFORE you go to the polls this round or we are going to lose our State & Country to these Brain Dead Indoctrinated Politician's. PLEASE WAKE UP NOW USA & MICHIGAN. DEMOCRAPS HAVE NEVER DONE ANYTHING TO HELP US IN MY SIXTY YEARS OF LIFE. Don't vote a party just because your parents used to. It is NOT THE SAME PARTY BY ANY MEAN'S. We MUST vote on the Person NOT Party. Please Understand and do your research first!

abe bubush
Wed, 10/30/2019 - 5:51pm

Seriously, that's your comment?
The obvious self-contradiction ("Person NOT Party" vs. "Democraps") proves you have negligible comprehension or reality.
Buy better beer, I guess.

SamK
Thu, 10/10/2019 - 1:49pm

This governor obviously does not plan to run for a 2nd term.

Jennifer
Mon, 10/21/2019 - 11:28am

You hit the nail on the head. She's acting like a spoiled child. "I didn't get my way so I'm taking your ball and going home."