Thursday, February 12, 2009

And So It Begins

Senate Republican, who wants more cuts...

Senate Appropriations Chairman Ron Jelinek, R-Three Oaks, said the cuts are painful but may not be enough.

"We may have to go a little deeper," he said.

He added that the so-called "revenue enhancements" are tantamount to tax increases and will have a difficult time winning passage in the Senate.

... meet Senate Republican, who wants to keep spending.

In addition, Granholm pledged in her state-of-the-state address she would not use federal dollars to plug budget holes, recalled state Sen. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland.

He was surprised by the proposed reduction in K-12 funding. "That's a significant cut to a group that is very critical to the success of this state," he said.

One way to lessen the blow would be to nix a plan to cut funding for districts with part-time kindergarten and pre-kindergarten programs, Kuipers said.

Uh oh. Looks like a conflict. You two go work it out and get back to us, mmmkay? Because we can't have it both ways, you know.