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TO:  Department Directors and Autonomous Agency Heads
FROM:  Governor Jennifer M. Granholm
DATE:  October 20, 2003
SUBJECT: Reductions in Periodical Subscriptions

Based upon a close review of recent economic and state fiscal indicators, it is clear that prompt steps must be taken to further reduce the rate of state government expenditures.  I will soon be invoking constitutional and statutory provisions to reduce state expenditures, but decisions on where to curtail spending will not be easy because state government already has many service needs that are unmet or less than fully met.  If approved by the Legislature, additional major program expenditure reductions will be ordered.

In addition, I am issuing this Executive Directive, which has as its objective further expenditure reductions related to state subscriptions for periodicals.  While recognizing that resources are already scarce, and that greater efficiencies in the administrative operations of state departments and agencies have already been achieved, further cost avoidance and curtailment of spending are essential.  Accordingly, I direct:

A. By December 31, 2003, each department and autonomous agency shall develop and present to the State Budget Director a plan to reduce Fiscal Year 2003-2004 expenditures for periodical subscriptions including but not limited to magazines, newsletters, and journals by at least 15% from expenditure levels in Fiscal Year 2002-2003.  This paragraph does not apply to subscriptions maintained by the Library of Michigan as a service to state government and Michigan residents.

B. Whenever feasible, if a subscription is available from the Library of Michigan or in electronic form at a reduced or no cost, a department or agency should utilize the lower cost or no-cost alternative to the subscription.

This Directive is effective immediately and remains in effect through September 30, 2004.

Your assistance and fiscally responsible action, and the continued hard work of state employees in these difficult times are greatly appreciated.

Jennifer M. Granholm