Read this Detroit News story about downtown Detroit and weep
California says no to using Michigan's Standish prison

LINKS: Background about a part-time legislature for Michigan

Michigan has one of the few full-time legislatures in the country.  What do taxpayers get as a return on their investment in 148 politicians who get almost $100,000 each per year and full benefits?  That question needs to be asked and should be answered.  Here's a blog post with some helpful links.