MICHIGAN: Bow Tie & Black Eye

Minutes before Michigan's Republican-controlled state senate was due to vote last week on Democratic Governor Gerhard Mennen Williams' latest plan to ease the state's financial troubles, the state treasurer sent each senator a statement of Michigan's obligations and cash in hand. Its net: Michigan, in terms of its general fund, was broke; by month's end there would be no money for 20,000 welfare cases, by May 7 no salaries for state employees, university faculty members, or for the legislators themselves.

The point: Michigan Republicans, who have had a field day blaming...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!