Sen. Stamas comments on governor’s 2023 budget recommendation

LANSING, Mich. — After listening to State Budget Director Christopher Harkins outline Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s fiscal year 2023 state budget recommendation on Wednesday, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, issued the following statement:

“Senate Republicans are very proud of the work we have done over the past several years to enact balanced budgets that helped build a strong economy and live within our means. Our budget is in a solid position today because of this record of responsible spending. Now is not the time to throw away the principles of fiscal responsibility.

“This election-year budget proposal features a lot of areas of general agreement — such as fixing our roads and bridges, supporting our communities and small businesses, and ensuring students are able to effectively and safely learn in school — but we need more information on her plans. It is a start for more detailed discussions on how to best use our taxpayer dollars.

“While our budget situation here in Lansing is strong, that isn’t the reality facing many Michigan families and small businesses. We have an obligation to make sure family budgets are in an equally strong position as they deal with the effects of the economic shutdowns, job losses and record inflation that increases their costs for everything from food to gas.

“As we consider how to use the billions of dollars in federal funds, we should consider whether it makes transformative changes that will benefit the Michigan people for generations to come and if the spending is sustainable after the federal dollars are gone.

“Beyond using the one-time federal resources, I look forward to working with the governor on a responsible budget that helps improve our state and the lives of our people, effectively puts to use our state tax dollars, and provides broad-based tax relief to Michigan families.”