Michigan Republican Governor Proposes $1.2 Billion In Cuts To Education To Pay For $1.8 Billion In Tax Cuts For The Wealthy

by Ben Hoffman

Like many states around the country, Michigan is facing a huge budget deficit, $1.4 billion in this case. Mr. Snyder’s budget would make $1.2 billion in cuts to schools, universities, local governments and other areas while asking public employees for $180 million in concessions. Mr. Snyder said that he would set an example by reducing his salary this year to $1.

Mr. Snyder’s plan also calls for big changes to the state’s tax system. He would eliminate the current business tax in favor of a flat 6 percent corporate income tax, resulting in $1.8 billion in tax cuts for businesses. To pay for those changes, he would eliminate many personal income tax credits and require pensions to be taxed.

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One Comment to “Michigan Republican Governor Proposes $1.2 Billion In Cuts To Education To Pay For $1.8 Billion In Tax Cuts For The Wealthy”

  1. Illinois slashes ALL state funding for drug and alcohol abuse treatment in massive cuts programme

    * Disability and child care services could be next

    Tens of thousands of Illinois residents are expected to be affected when drug and alcohol treatment and prevention centres across the state have their budgets cut from March 15.
    The harsh budget cuts, proposed by Illinois governor Pat Quinn, who is a Democrat, will mean that from next month, all state funding will be cut.
    Talking to the News-Gazette, which serves East Central Illinois, Sara Howe, CEO of the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association said: ’80 per cent of our clients on March 15 would be thrown out of care’.
    That adds up to around 55,000 people who will lose their help battling drugs.
    ‘It’s the most devastating picture possible,’ Howe added.
    Drug services workers have called the budget cuts
    Drug services workers have called the budget cuts “devastating” and say tens of thousands of service users will be affected
    A number of organisations are already making plans to lay-off staff and cut off clients’ access to services.
    After that date, only federal (national) Medicaid dollars will be available to fund the state’s drug and alcohol treatment and prevention programmes, which means that some centres are facing closure.

    But at least they raised taxes on EVERYONE, just to be fair. 🙂

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