May 7, 2013 — As the State Legislature debates and reviews spending decisions in preparation for a June 1 deadline to complete the 2013-14 State Budget, SEMCOG and MAC are providing citizens with an opportunity to consider priorities and give their thoughts.
State law requires a balanced budget. Limited resources require weighing alternatives and making difficult spending decisions in government, just as we do in our households or businesses. While SEMCOG and MAC encourage residents to talk to their local officials about priorities in their own communities, this survey will provide citizens a chance to share their collective input at the state level.
The brief survey asks four questions that provide residents with a chance to voice their opinions, including an opportunity to specify 10 areas in which it is most important for the state to invest. In addition, there is a question on whether to increase funding for transportation, enabling much-needed road and bridge maintenance and improvement, and how to generate additional revenue. There is also a question on whether to support Medicaid expansion in Michigan, which would increase the number of low-income citizens qualifying for coverage, and take advantage of federal funding under the Affordable Care Act.
The issues being debated for budget consideration will significantly impact quality of life and economic prosperity in Southeast Michigan, as well as the rest of the state. Decisions on the condition of our roads and bridges and how we fund transportation, healthcare expansion and opportunities for cost containment, and how we support education, the Great Lakes, economic development and other critical issues will impact all who live, work, and raise families here.
Please let us know what you think and we will share your thoughts with Lansing leadership.
SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, and the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) invite Southeast Michigan residents to voice opinions on the 2013-14 State Budget – Michigan’s priorities for the upcoming year and how they should be funded – via an online survey directly, or by visiting the website of either SEMCOG or MAC. The survey will be available until May 19. Additional comments can be e-mailed to InfoCenter@semcog.org.
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