From the Free Press
Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced Wednesday the formation of a special commission of public sector experts, led by a pair of former governors, to advise her on how to remedy the state's dismal financial situation.
Some of the governor's critics said the makeup of the group indicates Granholm is looking for political cover for proposing a tax increase.
Ex-Govs. William Milliken and James Blanchard will co-chair the Emergency Financial Advisory Panel, which Granholm asked to come up with ideas to address the growing imbalance between state spending and income
David Littmann, senior economist at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, an advocate of limited government, said the panel's composition almost certainly guarantees it will recommend more taxes, more government spending and more borrowing.
"These are the people who presided over Michigan's economic decline," Littmann said. "The probability they will come up with something creative is as close to zero as you can get."
Littman is right. Considering that I don't have a lot of confidence in the state house or state senate to stop Granholm's tax plan, we better get the petitions ready to go. Else, this state and our wallets are in for a professional arse kicking.