State Reps. Alma Wheeler Smith, D-Salem Township, and Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, are proposing a state tax credit that would repay families for tuition costs at any of Michigan's public universities. They also want to make preschool programs for 4-year-olds universal throughout the state.
The programs would also provide be funded by increasing the state income tax to 5.5 percent, up from the current 4.35 percent.
Talk to Andy. Maybe we can squeeze this in the big picture tax plan he is cooking up, but the cold hard truth is: as long as we have a Republican controlled Senate, there will be no progress coming out of the Legislature. "Michigan Sucks" is the Republican 2010 campaign slogan (ask Pete), so why would they do anything to help the state at this point?