Eureka! Michigan Budget Problems Solved!

Bureaucratic Gobbledygook Won't Fix Michigan

The Michigan "Legislative Commission on Government Efficiency" has come out with a set of "overarching conclusions" that includes this gem:

Cross-cutting and underlying principles are the foundation of our recommendations
— Look to optimize across all levels and units of government
— Address underlying structural issues
— Be holistic in the approach (look at all aspects of the budget and government operations)
— Create a roadmap to fiscal stability
— Be of sufficient magnitude to make a difference

All clear now? Good — let's get on with it.

Seriously, these are the kind of vague generalities and bureaucratic gobbledygook where you can almost rearrange words in any particular order and they're no less meaningless.

In contrast, here's an example of what serious, concrete, specific recommendations for transformational reform really look like.