DETROIT, MI – Michigan's governor hasn't decided where she'll make cuts in the budget bills on her desk.
Speaking at a plug-in electric vehicle conference Wednesday in Detroit, Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she doesn't have enough money to fund everything in the six bills because of declining revenues.
She has vetoed spending in other budget bills she has signed.
Granholm says she wants to make sure "we do this right."
LANSING, MI – The Michigan State Board of Education has called an emergency meeting to discuss the school funding crisis. The new K-12 education budget cuts schools by $165 for every student. Governor Granholm says more cuts are coming if the Legislature does not come up with a plan for funding schools. The board of education will meet Monday morning. Board President Kathleen Straus says the crisis is too urgent to wait for the board's regular meeting in two and a half weeks.
LANSING, MI – Corrections Department officials testified before a state Senate committee that they have had little contact with the federal government regarding the future of the Standish maximum security prison. Representatives from the White House toured the facility in August as a potential site for Guantanamo Bay prisoners.
The Department of Corrections says it has only been contacted once since August by federal officials who toured the Standish prison.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says she had no choice but to use her veto power to find savings in the school aid budget. The most controversial cut might be to extra payments that go to the state's highest-spending school districts.
She says that was necessary because schools are underfunded. And she says across-the-board cuts might occur later in this school year unless the Legislature comes up with more money for K-12 education.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm expects the last bills that make up the state budget to arrive on her desk as soon as Tuesday. She signed the budget to fund K-12 schools on Monday. The school budget reflects a cut of 165 dollars for every student. But even with a big cut, there's not enough money in the School Aid Fund to cover K-12 spending for the balance of the fiscal year. That means the governor and state lawmakers have to come up with more money.
LANSING, MI – The Repubican-controlled state Senate has released the remaining six budgets to Governor Granholm. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop met privately with Granholm last week and agreed to hand over the budgets, which deal with money for corrections, local government revenue sharing and Medicaid. The state is operating under a temporary budget which expires at the end of the month. Granholm will speak on these budgets, as well as her line-item vetoes to the K-12 schools budget this afternoon.