The Budget of Michigan State

While Michigan’s budget promises to help small  businesses  and  the  little  people, every  action  by  the  state  has  crushed those  very  people  and  small  businesses without  relent.  The  semi-permanent coronavirus state of emergency has been a  windfall  for  the  state  of  Michigan  and the mega corporations that operate here. These companies benefit from the policies of  the  state  which  destroy  the  economic liberty of small businesses and individuals.  

Despite claiming a deficit for the state in early  2020,  and  a  need  of  billions  in emergency assistance, last year Michigan pulled in a surplus of over 3 billion dollars. Michigan has yet to spend about 1.8 billion of its federal dollars, and has passed a 70 billion  dollar  budget  for  the  next  fiscal year.  The  state  can  hardly  spend  your money  fast  enough,  and  is  now  placing 500 million dollars of it away for a “rainy day.”

With money poured into the coffers of the state and big business through bailouts, it is amazing that two years into the largest theft in American history, the state cannot seem to come around to spending money to  help  people  in  the  Upper  Peninsula. From  up  here,  it  is  easy  to  imagine beautiful  shining  cities  of  vast  wealth downstate.  Otherwise,  where  would  all that money really be going?  

The  new  budget  promises  to  be  the injection of capitol into the economy that is  needed  during  this  time  of  need,  but with  a  massive  surplus  it  is  hard  to  see why intervention by the government is even necessary. It funds important things like schools, but has in the past shut down schools  that  elect  not  to  follow  decrees and mandates by unelected bureaucrats.  

This budget gives free pre-college classes and childcare to a few hundred thousand children and adults, but this hardly seems like  more  than  window  dressing.  It  fixes only a few hundred bridges. This all seems like run-of-the-mill stuff for a state. Why the large price tag for this bill?

The new budget also raises the wage for direct care workers. While this seems like a  popular  move,  fixing  the  wage  of employment  denies  those  workers  and their  companies  the  right  to  negotiate their  own  contracts  freely.  Wage  fixing harms people because employers will not simply raise the wage of all the people it employs. It will fire some portion of them to keep its bottom line fixed. Less people will  have  jobs  at  that  higher  wage,  and that won’t benefit them due to inflation.

If the government cannot tighten its belt and save money then we will all be more broke than before. This taxation without due representation is theft.

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