What is “the cap”? The cap is a spending limit or cap limiting the number of dollars the state can spend. Michigan has a spending cap? Most voters don’t know this but yes Michigan has a spending cap! Taxpayer advocate Richard Headlee’s landmark amendment to the Michigan Constitution (Article IX, Section 26 – Headlee Amendment)- sets a limit of 9.49% of personal income as the absolute spending limit on our State Government.
The problem is that recent acceleration in spending could make government expansion a key problem down the road.
My “Gelineau Plan” has three key parts:
“Drop the Cap” (lower the cap) from the current 9.49% to 8.55% – a 10% reduction. —- Since state spending is now hovering around 8.1% – this is not a radical proposal. But, it is an important proposal to ensure state spending does not revert to the problems we had in the past.
Eliminate the Michigan Strategic Fund.
Legalize marijuana use.