Governor’s proposal is a proposal—budgeting is a process by PETER MACGREGOR State Representative 73rd District Since the Governor unveiled some of his ideas and his budget proposal, my office phone and e-mail inbox has been flooded with ideas, encouragement, concerns, misconceptions and sometimes outright misinformation from constituents about what will happen in this upcoming budget. I want to stress that the Governor’s proposal is just that—a proposal. There is a budgeting process that will now occur and is quickly occurring as the Governor has asked us to pass a budget three months earlier than constitutionally required. Most of you have greater day-to-day obligations and priorities than to concern yourself with how the state budget process works, so I wanted to briefly explain what will be happening between now and June 1. A total budget dollar amount is determined for a year in advance (because we have to budget a year in advance) by a revenue estimate from the non-partisan fiscal office. This total amount is then given to the Governor, who provides his proposal to the legislature, broken down by department. The leadership in both the House and Senate review the Governor’s proposal, as well as take that total dollar amount, break it up into the various budgets for each department, and give the budget chairman “target numbers” for their respective budgets. Some of these target numbers are different than what the Governor has determined to spend on each department. However, the total amount is the same. Each budget chairman then compares the Governor’s recommendation line by line with the priorities of their district, their caucus and the various groups that the budget may affect. Changes may or may not be made, depending on the department and each budget passes out of its respective appropriations subcommittee, then full appropriations committee, then the full chamber in both the House and Senate. Where differences arise between the House and Senate, a conference committee comes together to negotiate the differences, and final approval from each chamber occurs before all the budgets are sent to be signed into law by the Governor. In the past, each department budget was sent individually with line items “rolled down” so that an explanation and dollar amount for each item is easily accessible. […]
April 14 2011
Frames Unlimited is proud to present Jake’s Music Festival. This seven-year-old event is a benefit concert for the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The show will take place at the Wealthy Theatre on April 16. Several local bands are donating their time to this great cause. Featured performers include AB & Coconut Brown, Igby Iris, Chance Jones, The Fainting Generals, Paucity, and Karisa Wilson. Because of the generous event sponsors, this year’s concert will again be free. Donations to JDRF will be accepted. There will also be a silent auction. Jake’s Music Festival was started by Tom and Mary Scheidel of Rockford and named for their son Jake who was diagnosed with type one diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, 14 years ago when he was only six. So bring the family and bring your friends. It will be a night of great music for a great cause. All proceeds help fund research into a cure for diabetes. For more information please e-mail to email@example.com.
The Cannon Township Planning Commission has an opening for a Planning Commissioner. The Planning Commission is responsible for development and implementation of the township’s Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance. It is through the implementation of the Master Plan that the community addresses issues brought on by land development within the township. The Planning Commission is tasked with a fair and consistent balancing of landowner interests with the long-term vision for the community, protection of the environment, assurance that development is adequately served by utilities and the need to achieve the quality of life desired by residents. The seven-member Planning Commission is required by law to meet once a month a minimum of four times per year. Additional monthly meetings are frequently held as development warrants. Subcommittees are formed as needed for larger projects. A small stipend is paid for each meeting attended. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. The position is open to all registered voters who are residents of Cannon Township. Appointments are made by the supervisor. This appointment is for a term expiring December 31, 2013. Interested applicants should e-mail a letter of interest and résumé to Bonnie Blackledge, Township Clerk, at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 22. No previous planning experience is necessary, just an interest in helping better one’s community.
Davidson-Karasiewicz Randy and Diane Karasiewicz of Cedar Springs announce the engagement of their son Keith Karasiewicz to Carly Davidson, both of Grand Rapids. Carly is the daughter of Mark and Betty Davidson of Grant. The bride-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Grant High School and 2011 graduate of Central Michigan University. Keith is a 2006 graduate of Rockford High School and 2011 graduate of Grand Valley State University. The couple are planning an August 27, 2011 wedding in Grant. Maid of honor will be Danielle Davidson and best man will be Kyle Karasiewicz.
The 73rd annual White Elephant Sale is taking place on April 29 & 30 at the former Handy Andy at 3460 Plainfield NE. The sale is the largest fund raiser for YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin put on by the Grand Rapids YMCA Service Club. Over $2,000,000 has been raised for the Camp through the years. We are always looking for salable items. Prior to the sale, drop offs are available on Saturdays at the sale site. Please contact us to make arrangements of the pick up of large donations. We are looking forward to our best sale ever and hope to see you there. For more information visit www.gryserviceclub.org.