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shutdown, Boyd said. "There is a
path to resolution, and the Legisla-
ture needs to get the job done. We
need a comprehensive solution of
cuts, reforms and revenue before
the governor can support a continu-
University students interviewed
yesterday were appalled at the
prospect of a shutdown. They said it
would make them less likely to stay
in Michigan after graduation.
LSA sophomore Betsy Callan said
she's planning on leaving the state
as soon as she graduates. Although
Callan grew up in Michigan, she
hopes to pursue a career in a city,
and with the decline of the automo-
tive industry and Michigan's econ-
omy, she thinks there is nothing left
here for her.
"I love U of M but as soon as I'm
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scientific areas, but the majority
of them were related to medicine
Mark Maynard, marketing
manager for the office, said a posi-
tive view and more awareness of
the office among faculty toward
the tech office contributed to the
rise this year. Six years ago the
tech transfer office had a massive
overhaul, rearranging staff posi-
tions and roles.
"It's usually an indicator of a
more positive and entrepreneur-
ial faculty," Maynard said. "Usu-
ally when those numbers go up it
means tech transfer is doing its job
and getting the word out."
George Brewer, professor
emeritus in the University's
Medical School, worked with the
office to patent his drug, Tetra-
thiomolydate, which was origi-
nally intended to lower copper
levels in patients but has since
shown a number of other ben-
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MSA has informally agreed to
fund the project, but the commis-
sion has yet to officially request
the money, said engineering
senior Sujata Syamal, the other
co-chair of the commission.
Until that request is made, the
College of Engineering will fund
the first holes built.
"Ultimately, we want to
work with MSA on this,
because they give us more lee-
way with our time and money,"
Daswani said he and Sya-
mal came up with the idea last
semester as a possible way to
bring together the students that
study on North Campus.
"North Campus is a divided
campus. The art students stay in
the art school, the architecture
students stay in the architecture
school, the engineers stay in the
engineering school," Daswani
Although the commission co-
chairs said they think miniature
golf will unite these students,
some students aren't sure.
Art and Design senior Car-
rie Mather said she thinks the
money could be better spent.
"I think it's a noble idea
- I agree that there's division
between the schools, but I don't
think this is the way to solve it,"
she said. "I just don't think mini-
golf is that popular."
Others think that regardless
of whether or not the project
will unite North Campus, it will
be a good addition to Pierpont
"That sounds sweet," Engi-
neering junior Andrew Sharp
said. "It might actually bring
people up here from Central
Campus. It's a better use of our
money than most of what's been
Daswani said he has not yet
talked with North Campus stu-
dents about how the golf holes
might be received.
"I think it will be received
well, though," he said.
The holes themselves -
designed by five engineering
and design students, includ-
ing Syamal - will be portable
so they can be removed during
large events, Daswani said.
Donations of putters and golf
balls are being sought from area
golf courses, Daswani said.
The equipment will be avail-
able for students to borrow free
of charge at Pierpont Com-
The commission hopes to have
constructed and installed nine
holes when the entire process is
complete, Daswani said.
done I'm out of here," she said. "No
one wants to stay."
Callan said the inability of the
state legislators to agree on a bud-
get proposal is just further proof of
"It's sad," she said. "They've got
to get their act together."
LSA freshman Eva Olariu said
she wants to stay in Michigan
despite the dismal economy. But
she said the inability of lawmakers
to reach a compromise will hurt the
state, and could drive her away.
"I think it's their responsibility
to handle these issues and if they
don't, people are going to relocate,"
she said. "In the long run they're
ruining their work force."
The House passed the income
tax measure 57-52. Democrats
hold a 58-52 edge in the House, but
three Democrats - Martin Griffin
and Michael Simpson of the Jack-
son area and Lisa Wojno of Warren
- voted against it. Two Republi-
eficial effects in Alzheimer's and
auto-immune disease patients.
Brewer said he believes the
increased number of transfers
has to do with professors having
a greater respect for tech trans-
"I think the increase is due to the
slow realization that tech transfer
is for the benefit of society and aca-
demic institutions are increasingly
accepting that," he said.
Maynard said the rise may have
had to do with growth in the Uni-
versity's research funding, which
he said rose from $800 to $820
million in 2007. He expects the
rate of new technologies will con-
tinue to grow.
Kenneth Nisbet, executive
director of the Tech Transfer
Office, said there is no one reason
for the 14 percent increase in new
"You can never point to one
single factor," Nisbet said. "It's
continued growth. It's kind of a
cumulative thing. I think it starts
with this foundation of faculty,
money and reputation."
cans, Chris Ward of Brighton and
Ed Gaffney of Grosse Pointe Farms,
voted in favor of the proposal.
In the Senate, four Republicans
voted for the higher income tax.
Two Democrats voted against the
No House Republicans voted for
the bill placing the sales tax on ser-
vices - a proposal stiffly opposed
by the business community. All
Democrats did, except for Reps.
Marc Corriveau of Northville and
Kate Ebli of Monroe, who voted no.
There were no votes against the
two bills implementing the budget
The House and Senate also
approved a measure that would
change the way some teacher and
state worker health benefits are
But the House failed twice to
pass a measure tying teachers'
health care coverage for retirement
to how many years they've worked.
It would have affected those enter-
ing the teaching ranks after June
Without a budget deal in place,
35,000 of the state's roughly 53,000
workers were expected to be barred
from going to work Today morning
and all state services except those
needed to protect health and safety
were slated to halt.
State workers were told their
paychecks would be reduced to
reflect any hours missed because
of a shutdown. They were given a
phone number to call and a Web
site to check to see if they should
come to work today.
The state last withheld some
employee paychecks in 1959, when
a cash-starved state budget result-
ed in what became known as the
Payless Payday crisis.
Raising the state's income tax to
4.35 percent would raise an addi-
tional $765 million for the state.
The income tax bill is written so
the rate would gradually drop back
to 3.9 percent between 2011 and
2015. Extending the sales tax to
some services starting Dec. 5 would
bring in an estimated $614 million
for the 10 months remaining in the
fiscal year at that point, or about
$750 million annually, State Trea-
surer Robert Kleine said.
The sales tax would not apply to
tickets to sporting and entertain-
ment events, golf, dry cleaning,
haircuts or to legal or account-
ing services, he said. Businesses
and consumers would pay the tax
on ski tickets, administrative and
investment services, consultants,
warehousing and storage, interior
design, commercial landscaping
and janitorial services, among oth-
The tax is designed to apply to
services that people don't have to
use if they want to avoid the tax,
Kleine said. The Michigan Cham-
ber of Commerce lobbied against
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Political posturing over votes,
with an eye toward the 2008 and
2010 elections, continued to work
against getting a deal in place.
Democratic leaders have tried in
recent weeks to protect vulner-
able lawmakers who could be hurt
by voting for a tax increase, while
Republican leaders have worried'.
that GOP legislators who support
a tax increase could face recall
The state already has the
nation's highest unemployment
rate - 7.4 percent in August --
and just went through a two-day.
strike involving the United Auto:
Workers and General Motors"'
Corp. Disrupting services from
state parks to road construction
could further upset an already
- Emily Barton and The Associated
Press contributed to this report.
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