MI candidate Snyder calls for new budget approach

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder says Michigan needs to lay out its budget for two years and ask citizens what the spending priorities should be.

The Ann Arbor businessman on Tuesday unveiled what he calls "Value for Money Budgeting."

He says the current budget process responds too much to what lobbyists want and not enough to what citizens want their government to do.

Nearly all of the 2010 gubernatorial candidates have called for reforming Michigan's budget process after the state in early October went through its second government shutdown in three fiscal years.

Snyder says budgeting for the longer-term will encourage longer-term solutions rather than the fiscal "Band-Aids" the state has been using to deal with deficits.