Mayors Urge State Senate to Adopt Budget
LANSING, Mich. — Mayors and other local officials from across Michigan urged the full state Senate this week to adopt the Fiscal Year 2010 revenue sharing budget sent to the floor by committee.
The general government bill before the full Senate ensures that FY 2010 revenue sharing falls no lower than levels in the current state budget. In the past 8 years, the state has slashed more than $3 billion from revenue sharing — funds that keep police officers and fire fighters on the job, keep drinking water safe and clean, pay for snowplowing, keep parks open, and much more.
“The essential services that are necessary to restore prosperity to Michigan are funded by revenue sharing,” said Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League. “More cuts to revenue sharing would cost jobs for Michigan and mean more roadblocks to restoring prosperity to our state.”
The language in the Senate revenue sharing bill also upholds Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s pledge to freeze FY 2010 revenue sharing. Senate leaders and House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township, have also expressed strong public support for not cutting revenue sharing.
“The Governor pledged to freeze revenue sharing at the levels from previous years. While that does little to make up for the massive cuts of recent years, it at least allows local officials to know what to expect from the state when deciding what local services they can afford.” Gilmartin said.
While the administration said they would freeze revenue sharing, the Governor’s budget presented to the Senate did not include language guaranteeing the same funding levels as previous years. This language, which has been in the state budget the last few years, was eliminated by the Granholm Administration this year. The Senate put the language back in the budget in committee.
“The League commends the Senate Appropriations Committee for restoring this language and ensuring at least the same state support for police, fire, pothole repair, and other local services,” Gilmartin said “At least Michigan residents will know that more cuts to police officers and firefighters may not have to occur if the Senate version of the revenue sharing budget passes the full Legislature.”