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The State of Michigan is facing a $440 million deficit, much of which will probably be made up for by cuts to revenue sharing with local governments and cuts to higher education funding.
The Detroit News reports on possible impacts:
Revenue sharing—money the state gives to counties and communities—has taken a $429 million, 27 percent cut over the past three years; it may be in line for another reduction.
Presidents of Michigan’s 15 public universities, whose state appropriation already has been cut from $1.6 billion to $1.4 billion over the last five years, are hoping lawmakers won’t respond to the problem by slashing their funding again.
Meanwhile, the article notes, the Michigan Department of Corrections, which houses 50,000 prisoners in State facilities, is expected to receive a funding increase of about $40 million, bringing their budget to $1.74 billion. It also says that the Dept. of Corrections is planning to help manage its budget by, among other methods, passing lower-level criminals down to County jails for housing. Recall that the Washtenaw County Jail is currently asking for $300 million from County voters in order to expand capacity and programs.
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