LANSING, Mich. — After listening to Gov. Rick Snyder’s presentation of his proposed Fiscal Year 2018 state budget on Wednesday, Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement:
“The governor’s budget recommendation is a good start in the process, and I look forward to passing a budget that enables us to continue to attract new jobs and investment to Michigan, provide vital services and meet our most pressing challenges — all while living within our means.
“Paying down debt and making key investments in education, infrastructure and talent development will all pay huge dividends in our future.
“Reducing our long-term liabilities will benefit generations to come and ensure that we can fulfill our obligations to our retirees.
“I applaud the governor’s continued focus on career and technical education and increased training to help fill the job skills gap. This includes funds for new equipment and a 32 percent increase for the Going Pro program to help ensure all Michigan residents are given the tools they need to meet our growing skilled workforce needs.
“As a member of the state’s MiSTEM Advisory Council, I will continue working to help prepare all Michigan children for success so they can achieve the American Dream.
“While we’ve accomplished much during that last six years, we must continue to ensure that our tax dollars are used effectively and efficiently to support the most important functions of state government — educating our children, protecting our communities and creating an environment for economic growth and job creation.”
Editor’s note: Audio comments will be available at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/Audio.