Senate Democrats unveiled Snydermathtest.com(http://www.snydermathtest.com/ “http://www.snydermathtest.com/”) today, a website featuring five simple math questions highlighting Governor Rick Snyder's flawed math on education funding. When asked for further clarification on school funding during the Governor's budget presentation earlier this month, Budget Director John Nixon snidely quipped “You don't have to be a CPA. My 5th Grader could figure that one out.” The site puts Governor Snyder and Republicans' cuts to education funding in the context of word problems similar to those a 5th Grader would be expected to be able to answer.
LANSING – The Michigan Senate Democrats announced today that over the weekend, the tally of $7 million a day in waste by Michigan Republicans hit $315 million in the first 45 days of 2014. The costly 90-day delay on Medicaid expansion by Michigan Republicans is costing Michigan taxpayers $7 million dollars a day—numbers from the Michigan Department of Community Health itself—and Senate Democrats have been tracking the running total at 7milliondollardays.com.
LANSING – Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) applauded the Governor's attention to long-standing Democratic priorities in today's budget presentation, but noted that it's too little, too late in the context of the budget cuts he's made over the last three years.
LANSING – Michigan Senate Democrats today pointed out that Republicans' bad budgeting leads to real consequences, noting that the Michigan Corrections Organization is attributing the escape of convicted murderer Michael David Elliot from Ionia Correctional Facility (IMAX) to continued budget cuts to perimeter security at state prisons.
Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing), House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) and other members of the Senate and House Democratic Caucuses joined today to expose the real impact of Snyder's budget proposals that have been built on school cuts and tax increases. Democrats also questioned the Governor's election year about-face and the motives behind many of the budget recommendations he is expected to make tomorrow.
Senator Gretchen Whitmer (D – East Lansing) today reiterated the need for an investigation into and independent review of the hiring and compensation practices of the Michigan Department of Treasury following news that former Treasurer Andy Dillon is on a Caribbean cruise during his final week of work on the state's dime.
Senate Democrats chided a Republican proposal for a small scale income tax rollback that passed out of committee today as nothing more than a political stunt in an election year. Democrats note that Republican tax changes such as the Pension Tax and reduction of the Homestead Property Tax Credit have a much higher negative impact on taxpayers. The minor income tax change introduced by Republicans equates to 35 cents per day for the average Michigan family.
LANSING – Michigan Senate Democrats recently spoke to college students across the state to get their reactions to Republican political gamesmanship that is costing Michigan $7 million a day. Ranked as one of the least affordable states for college and with Republican legislators cutting higher education as much as 15% in the past few years, Michigan students have been faced with ever increasing tuition costs. A video featuring Michigan college students' responses to this wasteful government inaction can be viewed at www.7milliondollardays.com/realimpact.html.
Senate Democrats spoke with college students across the state about the burden of student loans, and their frustration with Senate Republicans for throwing away money that could have been better spent, simply because they wanted to make a political point.
The Michigan Senate Democrats announced today that this week they will be examining what state priorities could be funded by the $630 million being wasted by Michigan Republicans.