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TO ALL GRANT SPONSORS AND INTERESTED PARTIES:

On March 29th, 2007 an Executive order was issued by Governor Granholm. The text of the order follows as well as the reason for this order.

From all indications, from the Governor's staff people, they are working with budget people today, April 10, 2007 to work through who the Grants Division can pay! What we need you to do is call your State Senator and Representative and tell him this story.

For the 2006/2007 snowmobile season you provided a Billion Dollar revenue stream for the state of Michigan at your cost! You fronted all the money for gas, oil and labor only to have the reimbursement process stopped by the Executive Order. YOU need to call to say that you have a CONTRACT! Your bills are due and you need the reimbursement per your contract!

Don't call Christy, Richard, Jim or your field contact! They are not the ones to complain to, it is your legislators and the Governor.

CALL NOW! If you need a number call the MSA office and we will provide one.

Bill Manson
Executive Director
Michigan Snowmobile Association

EXECUTIVE DIRECTIVE No. 2007-11
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TO: Department Directors and Autonomous Agency Heads
FROM: Governor Jennifer M. Granholm
DATE: March 29, 2007
SUBJECT: Moratorium on State Grant Expenditures

As you are well aware, the economic conditions facing the citizens and government of this state have caused serious and immediate fiscal difficulties for our state budget. As a result of these economic conditions, the repeal of the Single Business Tax, and inaction by the Michigan Legislature, the State of Michigan continues to face a combined projected budget deficit of nearly $3 billion.

Given the severity of the budget deficit, state departments and agencies must continue aggressive efforts to identify and implement administrative efficiencies and economies to generate budgetary savings. While I recognize that resources are scarce, and that greater efficiencies in the operation of state departments and agencies have been achieved, additional cost-containment measures must be implemented. Accordingly, I direct:

I. MORATORIUM ON STATE GRANT EXPENDITURES

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God I hate that ##### as much as Bush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
+ stickers are going up next year so we can give more to the government.
Guess what?? How about no stickers at all, thats my plan from now on. Just like doubling the price of hunting licences, no more buying a licence there either!
"GREED" it all about the money....fill their pockets and empty ours.
 

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Dont see it on the msa website
 

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Dont see it on the msa website[/b]
Latest update:

To All Interested Persons:


Clarification on the existing grants was made yesterday by the finance people in the government. If you have an existing signed grant agreement, checks will start flowing again today from Grants Administration. If you have had an amendment, that has not been signed, that money is still on hold. So we can breath a little easier. Please make sure to send this to anybody that you may have forwarded yesterdays news to.


Bill Manson
Executive Director
Michigan Snowmobile Association


In a message dated 4/11/2007 8:43:14 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, [email protected] writes:
Bill,

Grants that are already issued can have payments made against them.

Grants that need amendments will not be amended at this time because
the Ad Board has canceled its meeting.
 

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So where does that leave you for next year? Are they going to take your money and #### it away on other priorities? Do you have a multi-year contract?

While everyone up here complains about the price of OFSC permits we are at least somewhat protected from this type of irresponsible behaviour. The money we collect for permits goes into our pockets first so it can't be filtered through government pockets. It would be nice to have the government kick back some of the tax money we generate to help keep our trails open but at the same time it is also nice to know that we have a defined amount of money we can budget around. Now we only have to find a way to keep our permit sales from dropping.
 

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Out of touch with reality. Grandholm's problems, become your problems. This is exactly like a thief who rationalizes stealing from someone and then says, "they are rich and gee whiz, they can afford to loose whatever you are taking from them."

Trail sticker money should be our money, and nobody elses. State park money should go to state parks. Boat money should stay with boating....etc.

Get ready for cookie jar raids of unprecidented levels. One of your representatives who has some rocks between his/her legs, should get a bill in front of the legislature which goes across the board and says..."hands, off sporting funds."

You got problems balancing your budget, go look for pop and beer bottles along the road, but stay out of the funds that are designated for single uses.
 

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I thought what we voted on last november was supposed to change all this. I thought the money was going to stay now, that this couldn't happen anymore. Or is she just holding it. Not neccessarily moving/using it?
 

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God Bless Michigan

Sounds like a democrat IMO
 
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