April 23, 2014

The Clips: January 9, 2011


Transcript: MI Gov. Rick Snyder Inaugural Address – January 1, 2011

I want to share one bit of family history with you. My maternal grandfather, Charles Howell, retired from the REO Motor Car Company. So he took a position working in the Capitol during WW II. He was the custodian. He ran the elevators, he was in charge of putting the flags up and down.

My sister still fondly remembers rides on the elevator with him when she was very, very young. So it is with pride that our family has another member going to work in this institution, although I can say the elevator rides may not be as much fun.

Let me turn now to our great state, and the power of Michigan. Innovators and entrepreneurs were the leaders in the two major eras in our history. Fur trappers and traders, people in the iron and copper business, people in the lumber and pewter industry. They were the people who led us the way and showed us the power of Michigan in the natural resources era.

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California’s ‘Budget Emergency’ Has Me Thinking About Ohio’s

Gov. Arnold Scwarzenegger announces California legislature special session on Dec. 6.

Rummaging around state governments news today I came across a story I missed yesterday on California’s well-known budget crisis.  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling the CA legislature into special session this month to debate – and he hopes – pass a slate of emergency budget cuts.  And it’s a big number he’s going after.

According to KCAL in Los Angeles the total is $9.9 billion in cuts to be effective immediately or the following year. Cuts include:

  • $983.5 million in Medi-Cal cuts in 2010-11 and 2011-12.  Medi-Cal is the state of California’s Medicaid program. Among the cuts there would be changes to prescription coverage, co-pays and the elimination of coverage for some immigrants.
  • $1.4 billion through eventual elimination of CALWorks – the state’s welfare to work program.
  • $903 million to the Food Stamp and Child Welfare Services programs.  These cuts are implemented by ”shifting county mental health realignment funding to county social services programs. This adjustment eliminates the majority of funding for county mental health services and retains only the amount necessary to fund mandated mental health services.”

The list goes on.

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NYT Magazine: Matt Bai Writes on Newt Gingrich


The Daily Graphic: Obama Approval After One Month Still High, Though Disapproval Has Doubled

From the Gallup release yesterday:

President Barack Obama remains highly popular among the U.S. public at the end of his first month in office. However, the 63% of Americans currently approving of his job performance is down slightly from his initial 68% rating in January. The percentage disapproving has doubled, from 12% to 24%.