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Oh, the power of the internet.
As a result of my live blogging Michigan’s financial collapse coupled with the Ann Arbor Chronicle‘s generous comments about this wonderful transparency, there are emails flying all over the place from elected officials commenting on the State budget and their vote for or against it. I am getting emails from people thanking me for contacting them that I never even contacted. I am getting emails for people already positioning their candidates from what are sure to be exciting, knock-down Democratic primaries this upcoming August. And I am getting emails from people spinning their votes.
I realize that every elected official is probably receiving these same emails and I realize they may not be receiving them as a result of the Ann Arbor Chronicle’s bit on my live blogging, but I’m confident this truth in advertising had some kind of impact.
I’m not going to take full credit for Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm telling the public she will veto parts of the budget — specifically cuts in revenue sharing to local governments. I’m not going to take full credit because no one is placing orders for my “A Free Kircher Means More Cops” t-shirts (still just $15 — they make excellent holiday gifts), although I have had one request for an alternate version of said shirt. [ed. note: Special orders will likely begin at the $21 level.]
Below is the quick release the Governor made with respect to her veto announcement:
Gov. Jennifer GRANHOLM said this afternoon that the budget the House and Senate sent over early this morning for Fiscal Year 2010 failed to protect any of the key priorities she wants out of a spending document. Granholm said she would use her veto power to shape a budget that diversifies the economy, educates students and protects people at risk. She called the budget a “house of cards” that relies too much on federal stimulus money. While the constitutional budget deadline may have been met, “the work is far from over.” “What we can’t do is cast a vote for them [individual legislators] but I’m determined to use my veto power to get the right budget,” Granholm added.
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