For the first time in a decade Michigan has not experienced declining revenues and thus, this week, Gov. Rick Snyder presented to the Legislature a proposed budget with a 2.4 percent increase in spending.
That, dear readers, is cause for celebration.
In the words of Clint Eastwood in Chrysler's "Halftime in America" Super Bowl ad: "How do we come from behind? How do we come together? And how do we win? Detroit's showing us it can be done, and what's true about them is true about all of us. This country can't be knocked down with one punch. We get right back up again."
OK, maybe not Detroit per se, but Michigan as a whole. Forget for a moment all the foolish debate about the politics of that ad, the fact is that as goes Detroit, so goes Michigan. And, as evidence by this budget, the state is bouncing back.
For too long we've watched local government budgets shrink, safety forces be reduced, school funding cut and social service programs eliminated because of a lack of funding.
All of it was necessary because the money just wasn't there.
As evidence by Thursday's budget proposal, that no longer is the case.
We can debate all we want what programs deserve funding, where the funding priorities should be moving forward and where dollars should be allocated.
We relish such healthy discussion.
For too long we couldn't even be at that point. Nothing from nothing, left us ... nothing!
So pat yourself on the back this morning. Michigan's on the rebound. We're ready to show the rest of the country how it can be done.