LANSING – After the Michigan Senate finalized a state budget Thursday that eliminated the state’s $1.5 billion deficit and put the state on the road to economic growth, state Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement:
“This historic budget will force our state government to do what southwest Michigan families and job providers have done for years: make the tough choices to live within your means.
“For the first time in decades, we have completed a state budget before June. And while timely budgeting is key to good governing, the most important point of this budget is that it sets the stage for economic growth and job creation.
“There are services, like public safety and education, which we all agree are critical. That is why we did our best to enact a budget – free of gimmicks – that protects our priorities. Public safety is protected. Schools face a reduction of less than 2 percent.
“Creating jobs will help solve our structural deficit and generate the revenue needed to support our priorities. The sooner we improve our economy to create those jobs, the sooner we will have the prosperity and financial stability Michigan families deserve.”
Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available in the form of a podcast on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Podcasts.”