Voters support public employee compensation cuts, poll finds
Michigan voters would support cuts to public employee compensation, according to a new poll commissioned by the Detroit news and WDIV Channel 4 and conducted by Glengariff Group Inc.
Ryan J. Stanton | AnnArbor.com
The poll results come as Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature are expected to seek cuts to public employee compensation as part of their efforts to eliminate a projected $1.8 billion budget deficit for 2011-12. Snyder has not offered a specific proposal but has said there needs to be "shared sacrifice."
The public would also favor "changing teacher tenure rules to base it on student performance rather than the number of years a teacher has been on the job," the Detroit News said. Some 68 percent of voters approve of that concept, and 26 percent disapprove.
Snyder has said he's working on a budget proposal that he'll unveil in about two months. He has scheduled his first State of the State address for Jan. 19.