Sen. Green: Governor calls for investment in education, roads and local government

LANSING— State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the chair of three different Appropriations subcommittees, offered the following statement on the governor’s budget presentation:

“Four years ago, Michigan was faced with a $1.5 billion budget deficit; we now have a substantial surplus made possible by financial discipline, responsible budgeting and the right priorities.

“While the surplus affords us flexibility in developing the next state budget, we must continue to prioritize needs, reduce taxes and save for the future.

“In addition to investing in our core priorities, like education, we must also address our state’s deteriorating infrastructure, pass tax relief for Michigan families and homeowners and plan for the future by strengthening the rainy day fund.

“That will be my focus in the budget process, and I look forward to working with the governor and my fellow legislators to achieve those goals.”