Monday, November 05, 2007

Granholm cuts spending, McManus is baffled

Going through the budgets, cutting some things here and there, you would think that the Republicans would be happy about that, right? Wasn't that what they complained about all year long, that "out of control" government spending?


Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed most of the new state budget bills, but she also has rejected portions through several line-item vetoes announced today.


Various research projects were cut. Payments were scaled back. But touch something that would benefit a Republican district...


In other vetoes, the Democratic governor rejected about $1 million in funding that would have assisted forestry programs in soil conservation districts. The conservation district funding affects both the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Natural Resources.


Sen. Michelle McManus, R-Lake Leelanau, said she was "baffled and frustrated" by Granholm's veto. Supporters say conservation districts must continue to expand their roles to meet more diverse environmental challenges.


Yes. Yes, they should. But you know what? They need money to do that. This stuff doesn't happen for free.


Since we don't see McManus being targeted by the big pink pig, chances are Michelle didn't offer to help pay for that funding. You're shocked, I know.


Peter Luke had a great column yesterday about the hypocrisy of the House Republicans; perhaps we need to look at a few Senate Republicans, too.


Lawmakers who took credit for voting against the service tax -- even though the narrow margin on which it passed is fueling recall efforts against their colleagues -- can go home and claim credit for being true to their schools.


Only reluctantly last week did House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford Twp., call such inconsistency among these lawmakers a tad hypocritical.


But having your cake and eating it too is always a preferred method of legislating.


Any other Republicans want to complain about the vetoes? Anyone?


Didn't think so.