And on this day of forgiveness and charity we present the Republicans of Michigan…

Rick Snyder

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

You may have seen in the Detroit News web site how Governor Rick Snyder (R) and many of his Senators and Representatives in the State Legislature are bringing their budget in line. They are closing prisons without making arrangements for thousands of prisoners (and eliminating hundreds of jobs), and making major cuts in the Dept. of Human Services, among other things.

They are toughening rules for State Disability Assistance and reducing money for Early Childhood support. And…get this…no more burials for unclaimed bodies of indigents (perhaps they will be put out on the street.)

And then… think of what you can save on the clothing of foster children:

Caswell - the Used Clothes Guy

A small part of the DHS savings, about $200,000, would come from adjustments to the clothing allowance for foster children, or children of the working poor, of $79 for school clothes. (Bruce) Caswell (R-Hillsdale) said children will still get close to that $79, but would be issued gift cards that can only be used at the Salvation Army, Goodwill or other thrift stores.

“The reason is you can get a whole lot more in a resale store,” Caswell said.

“Give me a break,” said Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Human Services.

“Government should not be big brother in telling somebody how to spend their (79) dollars,” she said.

I didn’t see them raising any state taxes on Michigan’s rich, however. If you take away their money, who will pay expensive tailors for clothes?

About btchakir

Retired Theatre Producer, Graphic Designer, Usability Tester and General Troubleshooter with a keen interest in Politics and The Stage. Currently heard on WSHC, 89.7 FM (on line at and occasionally dabbling in Community Theatre.

Posted on April 24, 2011, in budget, Business, Economics, Family, Finance, government, News, Opinion, Politics, quote, Taxes, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The GOP has dropped all pretense. Their need for voters is zero. I find that very troubling. It’s as if the proprietary electronic voting machines are now programmed to suit their needs for ultimate control of elections.

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