Magazine article Corrections Forum

Mich. Leaders Call for Common Sense in Stemming Prison Budget

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Mich. Leaders Call for Common Sense in Stemming Prison Budget

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The Detroit News

Two prominent Michiganders called on Gov.-Elect Rick Snyder to reign in corrections spending, which they called "one of the largest contributors to the state's chronic structural deficit." The commentators are Rob Fowler, president of the Small Business Association of Michigan, and Michael Boulus, executive director of the Presidents Council of the State Universities of Michigan. They cited the "startling" fact that the prison system, which accounted for 2 percent of the state's general fund budget in 1971, now exceeds 20 percent of the general fund. They noted that prison cuts approved in September for fiscal 2011 were largely offset by increases to employee salaries and retirement costs.

Commentators wrote, "The new governor will have the responsibility of proposing his first state budget just weeks after taking office. Budget pressures will offer a courageous leader the opportunity to reduce Corrections spending meaningfully while preserving the safety of our communities. …

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