Proos: State must face the fiscal reality our residents have known all along

LANSING – After listening to Gov. Rick Snyder’s presentation of his proposed state budget Thursday, state Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement:

“Michigan families and businesses have for many years now made the difficult decisions necessary to survive during this decade of economic decline and uncertainty.

“Our state government has failed to deal with its fiscal reality thanks to budget shifts, loans and grants from the federal government.  Today, we face the sobering truth that our residents have known all along; we must live within our means and get Michigan back on track and open for business.

“Southwest Michigan families and job providers understand that you must address your long-term spending and also balance your checkbook each month.  It is long overdue for their state government to do the same.

“That is why I sponsored a two-year budget resolution and supported Senate Bill 139, which expedites the budget process and looks beyond the upcoming budget year to plan for the next three years.  These are important steps toward ensuring the budget is done promptly and forcing the state to look ahead – so lawmakers can anticipate the consequences their actions.

“While it is difficult to hear, I am convinced that today’s challenges will make southwest Michigan and our entire state stronger. After all, it is about our future and our one chance to change Michigan.”