VIEW: State Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton Says Budget Cuts Hurt

VIEW: State Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton Says Budget Cuts Hurt

(A Ferndale View by State Representative Ellen Cogen Lipton, 2/22/2011)

Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder met with both chambers of the Michigan Legislature to announce massive cuts to our cities, schools and our most vulnerable citizens. I am against this budget proposal — which would give more than $1 billion in tax credits to the business community while unfairly cutting benefits to our seniors — because it unfairly imposes the burden on those that need our help the most: children, seniors and the working poor.

Our state is in a tough situation, but these cuts go against our most important job as lawmakers — creating jobs for our unemployed and supporting our families. Here are some of the proposed cuts included in the governor’s budget that would significantly impact our community:

The Real Financial Consequences to Our Community

Revenue sharing cuts to our cities:

  • Berkley – $176,768 (14.6 percent)
  • Ferndale – $1,194,303 (44.8 percent)
  • Hazel Park – $885,882 (41.3 percent)
  • Huntington Woods – $74,519 (15.4 percent)
  • Oak Park – $1,129,782 (34.4 percent)
  • Pleasant Ridge – $51,084 (22.8 percent)

Cuts to our schools:

  • $470 per pupil cut to K-12
  • $452 Million in Foundation Allowance Payments to K-12
  • Spends School Aid Fund for K-12, Higher Education and Community Colleges
  • 15% cut to Higher Education, an estimated- $222 million cut

Tax increase to seniors, working middle-class families; while damaging charitable giving:

  • +$128.8 million tax increase to Public Pensions
  • +$725 million Tax increase to Private Pension
  • +$340 million to Working Families by eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Eliminate all Charitable Giving Deductions and Credits

I want you to know that I’m committed to working in a bipartisan manner and finding compromise where we can to pass a fair and balanced budget. I hope my colleagues and the new administration will join me so that we can find solutions that work for the people of Michigan.

Join me for Coffee This Monday, Feb. 28

I hold coffee hours so I can hear from you in person. Please join me this Monday, Feb. 28, for a cup of coffee to discuss any issues or concerns you may have at the following times and locations:

  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. at Starbuck’s Coffee, 24840 Greenfield Road in Oak Park.
  • 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Coffee Beanery, 28557 Woodward Ave. in Berkley.

I hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

State Representative Ellen Cogen Lipton
27th House District

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