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...

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