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state budget." r
Resch explained that past state bud- peOr
gets were determined by assuming
everything paid for in the previous year work
would be paid for in the year ahead,
without considering price increases. a lac
This system meant the state had to pay
more for the same programs as costs
increased through the years.
As a result, the budget deficit is esti-
mated to be $370 million for the current
fiscal year. He said it was time to take
a different approach in determining the
state's budget. tial pro
"This year, we should figure out it com
how much money we have and not reform,
spend more than what we have," out then
Resch said. "For example, if you appeali
are a college student with $100, you Hous
figure out what to do with it. You (D-Ono
wouldn't spend $200 if you didn't ness to
have that money." 2005-06
For Sikkema, the budget deficit is sanship
not the source of the state's woes, it is DeRochf
"a symptom" of a bigger problem facing "Th
Michigan - the lack of jobs. Sikkema more co
spokesman Ari Adler said the most years ag
pressing issue for the senator is to pro- his side
mote job growth within the state. was his
Adler said, "We have budget prob- him sor
lems because people are not working, to hand
so there is a lack of money." DeR
"We will continue to look at ways control
to promote business investment, iden- ies afte
tify onerous legislation we should Republi
reconsider and find out what to do to in the F
make Michigan more competitive," previou
Adler added. slim bu
Adler echoed Resch in emphasizing lead ov
the urgency of balancing the state's bud- The
get in the short run. power t
While he was unable to comment and the
on specific areas that may receive lican l
cuts before the session begins, Adler have to
acknowledged that Medicaid is one strictly
of the biggest sources of state expen- the 56
diture. "There is a need to determine to pass
our priorities, as there are some intends
things that people expect the govern- sively a
ment to take care of," he said. "How- the GO
ever, there are some programs that for re-e
the community doesn't even know "I th
exist and are paying for it." probabl
Adler and Resch both expressed a little
their belief that their issues will face Ferndal
minimal opposition from the state's a lot of
executive branch and the Democrats. -
When asked if he anticipated poten- contrib
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Majority Leader Ken
'blems, Resch replied, "When
es to job creation and budget
it is pretty bipartisan. People
re want reform because it is an
e Minority Leader Diane Byrum
ndaga) expressed her willing-
work with Republicans in the
6 session. In the spirit of biparti-
, she declined to take issue with
e Republican majority is much
anservative than what it was two
go so I think he was talking to
of the aisle," she said. "This
day. ... I think we should give
me deference in how he wanted
oche's party maintained its
of both state legislative bod-
er the 2004 elections. But
icans control five fewer seats
House this time around than
sly, reducing their lead to a
ut not insignificant six-seat
er the Democrats.
Republican majority has the
o set the agenda in the House
38-member Senate. Repub-
eadership in the House will
enforce party discipline more
or court Democrats to obtain
-member majority required
legislation, especially if it
to pursue its agenda aggres-
nd strike a contrast between
P and Granholm, who is up
lection in 2006.
hink the decreased margin
y turns up the temperature
bit," Rep. Andy Meisner (D-
le) said. "It's going to require
discussion on both sides."
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of the commission that would handle it,
but also for economic reasons.
"The trip only benefits about 200 stu-
dents. The costs for this trip to MSA are
about $55 per person, when MSA fees
per student are about $5.69 per person.
Economically it just doesn't make sense
to spend so much money on so few stu-
dents," Garber said.
Other students voiced similar concerns.
"It's upsetting to hear that my money
is going towards that," said LSA senior
"If you're just going down there to see
it, you might as well watch it on T.V., but
if you are going (to the inauguration) with
a cause, like to protest or something, then
you should go," LSA junior Willice Bar-
For those involved in the process of
passing the resolution, there was mostly
excitement about the upcoming trip.
Jacobs, who is an LSA sophomore, said
she was pleased with MSA's decision and
excited about the event.
"People don't have to be Democrats
or Republicans to go. They could just be
interested in the process. I think it was a
great showing that we can all work togeth-
er," she said. "It's important for students
to watch the democratic process unfold
whether pleased with the result or not.
Watching the president be inaugurated
shows that youth really do have an impact
in government and we can make a differ-
Raghavan echoed Jacobs's enthusiasm.
"The events will be an important
moment in history, whether you are
attending the event, or protesting. In addi-
tion to witnessing a part of history unfold,
discussions will be an equally important
aspect of the trip. Democrats will be able
to converse with Republicans for ten hours
on the bus. This is one of those events that
makes the college experience more well
rounded. It's not an experience you will
necessarily have in a (political science)
class," Raghavan said.
Bates also said this is a rare opportu-
nity for students with different viewpoints
to come together.
"MSA is often split along ideological
"People don't have to be Democrats or
Republicans to go. They could just be
interested in the process."
- Ali Jacobs
lines, and this was clearly an issue that,
left, right and down the middle was an
important event. This was an opportunity
for students across the spectrum to express
their viewpoints and gain greater under-
standing of other students viewpoints and
create dialogue amongst students about
important political issues," Bates said.
Other students applauded MSA's deci-
sion, and agreed that the experience would
"I think it's a great idea. It's a good
way to encourage people to get involved
in government," said Law student Tara
The regular price for a bus ticket
to Washington DC is around $60, but
tickets will be available to students for
$25 through Getaway Tours, the same
company that MSA uses to provide the
MSA accepted bids from several
competitors and chose Getaway tours
based on its history with MSA and
the -cheaper price. "We have a good
standing relationship with Getaway
Tours ... and they agreed to meet the
lowest competitor's bid," Bates said.
There will be 165 seats available on
the buses to DC. The buses will depart
Ann Arbor on Jan. 19, and arrive back
at campus on Jan. 21. Tickets are avail-
able through MSA, by e-mailing msa.
Despite auto show, U.S.
auto market still stagnates
DETROIT (AP) - The world's top
automakers used one of the industry's
biggest stages in recent days to roll out
their latest cars and trucks, at the same
time pledging to use the fresh offerings
to attract more and new customers and
expand their businesses.
Here's the rub: The math doesn't
Many analysts and top automotive
executives say the U.S. market in 2005
is likely to be flat, maybe even down a
bit, from a solid year for sales in 2004.
However, at this week's media preview
for the North American International
Auto Show, a common theme among
the automakers, particularly the Asians
and Europeans, was growth.
But across-the-board growth is high-
Many observers predict Asian
brands such as Toyota and Honda will
continue their assault on Detroit's Big
Three in 2005. Asked Monday if Gen-
eral Motors Corp., the world's largest
automaker, can grow its business in the
United States this year after watching
it fall 1.4 percent in 2004, chairman
and chief executive Rick Wagoner said,
"We can. We're going to try."
That said, much of the buzz around
this week's show was the continued
onslaught of new products from Asian
and European automakers, some of
which will compete in categories dom-
inated for years by American brands.
A bright spot for Detroit's Big Three
was good reviews for several important
products introduced in Detroit.
Chris Ceraso, an analyst with Credit
Suisse First Boston, in particular liked
the looks of Saturn's Aura "concept"
car, which the GM brand says provides
a peek at its upcoming replacement for
the L-Series mid-size sedan. The car
is expected to join Saturn's revamped
lineup in 2006, sharing the underpin-
nings of other midsize models such as
the Pontiac G6 and Saab 9-3.
"What's most notable here is we
may be looking at the first Saturn prod-
uct that does not make us nauseous,"
Ceraso said in a research note Wednes-
day. "In fact, we must admit, it looked
Ceraso also was bullish on Ford
Motor Co.'s new Ford Fusion midsize
sedan, an important car for the com-
pany that slots in between the Focus
and new Five-Hundred flagship sedan.
It will compete against models such as
the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord,
the top-selling cars in America last
"This is a tough segment, but riding
on the highly regarded Mazda 6 under-
pinnings, the Fusion may be able to win
some buyers," Ceraso said.
Another Big Three vehicle that
attracted attention was Chrysler's new
Dodge Charger, a high-performance
sedan that takes its name from a mus-
cle car of the '60s. The Charger, part
of a product offensive at the U.S.-based
division of DaimlerChrysler AG that
includes 25 new or redesigned vehicles
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