One goal, Kahn said, is trying to capture part of the $787 billion federal economic stimulus money to pay up to half of the $48 million cost of a new airline passenger terminal at MBS International Airport near Freeland.
Good thing that Kahn is on the Senate stimulus subcommittee, isn't it? Very convenient! Gotta love those Republicans who simultaneously hate government spending but somehow come up with new ways to make sure they are first in line to spend it.
Yes, "living beyond your means" takes on a whole new dimension when you realize that it's not government that is growing, it's revenue that is shrinking. Factor in cost of living increases over the past decade and it all spells disaster when you're trying to keep the lights on, the kids fed and educated, and the state in working order.
Now after years of tax cuts and spending restraint, Michigan will collect just 5.5 percent of personal income in assorted state taxes and fees in fiscal 2010. (Comparing apples to apples, that 2010 percentage factors out some $6 billion in school taxes shifted from local to state coffers in the 1994 Proposal A school finance changes).
So in funding essential services, state government in 2010 will collect a little more than half the revenue--some $14 billion--that a conservative Republican thought appropriate three decades ago. That figure takes into account the $1.7 billion in personal income and business tax hikes approved in 2007.
Conservative Republicans of three decades ago hadn't turned lying into an art form or basic party philosophy yet. Remember this next time you here some Michigan Republican say that we need to "cut government" - tell them they already did. For extra fun, go check out the chart where it shows how the Republicans blew through the Rainy Day (Budget Stabilization) Fund.