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    • Budget timeline: Annual

      Fiscal Year starts: October 1

      The current state budget can be found here.

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.


      MI Gov Snyder

      Gov. Rick Snyder
      P.O. Box 30013
      Lansing, MI 48909
      Phone: (517) 373-3400
      Fax: (517) 335-6863





      John Nixon, Director
      Office of the Budget
      111 South Capitol, 6th Floor
      Lansing, MI 48913
      Phone (517) 373-7560
      Fax (517) 241-5428


      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities


      Michigan is required to pass a "balanced budget." According Article III, Section 52 of the 1867 Constitution, in the budget the governor submits, the balance for total appropriations shall not exceed the balance of total revenues. Neither the governor nor the general assembly shall cause the total appropriations to exceed total revenues. Michigan law forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next. Even with these requirements, the State reported budget deficits (negative net transactions) on the CAFR's Budgetary Comparison Schedule for each of the years reviewed.


      The State maintains five governmental funds: (major) the General Fund and the Department of Transportation-Special Revenue Fund, and (non-major, which are combined for reporting purposes) the debt service fund, the debt service fund for transportation revenue bonds and the capital projects fund. Michigan budgets on a cash basis. Funds that are budgeted include: the General, Special Revenue, and Federal funds. Most, but not all funds, are budgeted.


      There are no statutory requirements that govern what kinds of assumptions can be made about revenue or expenses, and so the Michigan budget may be "unbalanced" in different ways in different years. [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]


      Find the state's bond ratings here.



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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmaker’s Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is Broken—Let the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.