QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Gov. Granholm proclaims this Saturday No-Meat Day. I'll have ham for breakfast, hamburger for lunch and chicken for dinner to celebrate."
- Rep. Barb BYRUM (D-Onondaga) as part of her Facebook and Twitter post.
Gov's Early Retirement Bills Get Hearing
"A dormant committee today took up a pair of orphaned bills that just happen to be a key part of the Governor's budget plan."
Senate Panel Cuts Per-Prisoner Costs At DOC
"The Department of Corrections (DOC) would need to reduce its cost-per-prisoner 3.5 percent as part of the almost $100 million in cost reductions required to meet the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 budget passed by a Senate subcommittee this afternoon."
Governor Makes Call For Legislative Courage
Yes, Virginia, Democrats pander to big special interest groups as well.
GRANHOLM: IF LAWMAKERS WON'T VOTE ON TAXES, PUBLIC SHOULD
Lawmakers should have the courage to vote on a proposal to extend the sales tax to services, Governor Jennifer Granholm said, but if they do not, then they should put the proposal to the voters.
CORRECTIONS GETS MORE MONEY UNDER SENATE BUDGET
The state's corrections system would get more money for substance abuse programs, jail reimbursement to local governments and programs to assist released inmates with their return to society under a budget unanimously approved Tuesday by a Senate subcommittee.
SUBSTANCE VS. SCHEDULING DEBATED ON WORKER RETIREMENT
Whether the governor's retirement proposal for state and school employees should be taken up quickly or not taken up at all because of its substance, or if the bill sponsors will be happy with the final product was up for debate as the House Oversight and Investigations Committee held its first hearing on the package Tuesday.
OFFICIAL: DON'T MERGE COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS
Merging what's left of state financial aid for college students into a single need-based program would be unfair to those who attend independent colleges and universities, the head of the state association told a House subcommittee on Tuesday.
COX TAKES ON HOEKSTRA T.A.R.P. VOTE
U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra has not sufficiently explained his support for the federal Troubled Asset Relief Program and several federal budgets that increased spending, Attorney General Mike Cox said Tuesday in a spat between the two GOP gubernatorial candidates.
Ooo! Hot Republican-on-Republican action. Don't recall seeing the first shot at Twitter Pete's Congressional record in the mainstream, but then again I wasn't looking all that hard, either.