Cynical Synapse

Sat, 19 Dec 2009

Michigan Legislature in a Race to the Bottom

Filed under: Behavior, Budget, Education, Government, Hypocrits, Indecision, Michigan, Politics, Rants — cynicalsynapse @ 2:33 pm

burning head

Once again, everyone in Lansing said Michigan’s legislature would reach agreement on education reform by the end of the day yesterday. The chicken-little media claimed if they didn’t Michigan would lose out on a chance at about $400 million in Federal money from the Race to the Top education stimulus program. State Rep. Doug Geiss (D-Taylor) had this to say:

The best aspect about this is it helps the children of the state of Michigan. But another aspect of it, after this terrible year for the Legislature, is it shows that this institution can come together and work on legislation that benefits the state of Michigan.

Apparently Geiss hasn’t been paying attention to what’s been happening this week. In fact, legislators went home last night without voting. Seems they spent most of the day waiting for the bills to show up. It’s been a week of high drama and fingerpointing.

Bull turtle fights

After a week of rosy predictions and failure to deliver, what’s next? Why more adversarial politics, of course. The State Senate decided midnight tonight is the deadline. If the bills don’t pass both houses today, Senators won’t come back until Dec. 31st. Conversely, House Speaker Andy Dillon (D-Redford) is willing to say in session until then to pass the legislation.

No matter what happens with school reform legislation, this year’s state budget is still not resolved. And the politicos say they want to have next fiscal year’s budget settled before campaign season sets in. I think I have a better chance of winning the lottery. And the same old jokes out of Lansing aren’t funny anymore.

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