Mackinac Center Tally of Proposed Government Expansions and Limitations in State of the State Address Available Tuesday Night

Center experts can be reached before and after for analysis of budget, tax and policy recommendations

For Immediate Release
Monday, Feb. 5, 2007
Contact: Michael D. Jahr
Director of Communications
989-631-0900

MIDLAND — The Mackinac Center for Public Policy on Tuesday evening will continue its practice of tallying and categorizing new initiatives offered by Michigan governors in their annual State of the State addresses. Center analysts will compare the total number of proposed government expansions and limitations in this year’s address to gubernatorial speeches dating to 1969.

"Our analysis provides a real-time ‘box score’ of proposed government expansions versus contractions," said Michael D. LaFaive, director of the Mackinac Center’s Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative. "This analysis allows for historical comparisons. For example, Gov. Granholm holds the four-year record for expansions at 62, while Gov. Milliken holds the record for the fewest at 18."

The 2007 "scorecard" will be posted on the Center’s Web site within one hour of the completion of Gov. Granholm’s speech Tuesday night. The Center’s budget, education, technology and environmental analysts will also be available for comment.

Below is a snapshot of State of the State speeches going back to 1969:

Gov. Milliken, 1969-1982

Avg.

High

Low

Proposed expansions

5.6

12 (’71, 80)

0 (’74)

Proposed limitations

2.9

  8 (’73)

0 (’70, ’79, ’82)

 

Gov. Blanchard, 1983-1990

Avg.

High

Low

Proposed expansions

8.6

19 (’89, '90)

1 (’85)

Proposed limitations

2.1

  7 (’84)

0 (’87, ’88)

 

Gov. Engler, 1991-2002

Avg.

High

Low

Proposed expansions

8.4

18 (’00)

3 (’91)

Proposed limitations

4.3

11 (’95)

1 (’02, ’97, ’03)

 

Gov. Granholm, 2003-2006

Avg.

High

Low

Proposed expansions

15.5

22 (’04)

7 (’05)

Proposed limitations

  2.5

  6 (’03)

1 (’05, ’06)

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