Republican lawmaker calls for 2-year budget

East Lansing, MI – Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network
A Republican lawmaker says planning the state budget over a two year period instead of one could help reduce spending.

State Representative John Proos says the state doesn't give local governments enough time to evaluate programs, and to adjust their budgets when the state cuts spending.

Proos says he would like the state to adopt two-year budgets before the next governor takes office in 2011.

But representatives from the Detroit Regional Chamber say a two-year budget cycle won't be effective without also changing policies that affect spending.