Additionally, the crisis contributed to sinking approval ratings for Granholm, which stood at 43 percent in August 2007, Granholm left for Japan on July 22, 2005, along with Michigan State University president Lou Anna K.
Simon, and Department of Labor and Economic Growth Director (and former Lansing mayor) David Hollister.
Shiga Prefecture is Michigan's "sister state," selected in 1968 due to their similarity in sharing their nation's largest freshwater resource.The partisan division of power in Michigan's state government led to a showdown between Granholm and Republican lawmakers over the FY2008 state budget that resulted in a four-hour shutdown of non-essential state services in the early morning of October 1, 2007 until a budget was passed and signed.The budget cut services, increased the state income tax and created a new set of service taxes on a variety of business activities, from ski lift tickets to interior design and landscaping, to address a state budget shortfall.She graduated from UC-Berkeley in 1984 Phi Beta Kappa with two B. degrees, one in political science, the other in French. As Governor, she was a member of the National Governors Association and Policy Chairwoman of the Democratic Governors Association.Granholm then earned a Juris Doctor degree at Harvard Law School, also with honors. She lived in the official Michigan Governor's Residence located near the Capitol Building.
In 2003, Granholm ran five miles across the Mackinac Bridge, which connects the state's two peninsulas, in 47 minutes during the Mackinac Bridge Walk.