Program

Gross Appropriation

Appropriation Breakdown

 

 

 

Historical Program

$6,350,800[190]

$895,000 from Federal Funds;

 

 

$4,071,500 from GF/GP;

 

 

$1,384,300 from Special Revenue Funds

Program Description:

The Historical Program operates the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing; administers 9 other field museums and historic sites around the state; administers the state's archaeology program; publishes Michigan History magazine; is responsible for the operation of the State Archives of Michigan; oversees the implementation of the National Register of Historic Places; maintains the State Register of Historic Sites; implements the Centennial Farms program; and administers the Michigan Historical Marker program.

Recommended Action:

Michigan has a long and storied history--a history that many have an interest in preserving and recording for future generations.  As a result, there is little reason for the state to continue funding the Historical Program.  Instead, it should either sell or donate all assets in this area to charitable and educational organizations, such as universities, privately run museums, and historical societies.  These organizations would continue to provide similar services commensurate with the voluntary support they receive from Michigan foundations, citizens, and businesses.

Program

Gross Appropriation

Appropriation Breakdown

 

 

 

Commemorative, Specialty,

$6,342,900[191]

All from Special Revenue Funds

Veterans, Organizational,

 

 

and Olympic Center License

 

 

Plates

 

 

Program Description:

These line items represent the funds spent on the processing of vanity plate orders.

Recommended Action:

The state should merely authorize a particular vanity license number, and allow the vehicle owner to purchase the plate from the lowest cost private provider, ending the state's involvement in providing vanity plates.