Senate Republicans announce budget priorities

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas on Wednesday announced the Senate Republican caucus’s budget priorities in advance of Gov. Whitmer presenting her budget recommendation.

“Senate Republicans are focused on healthy families and communities, a healthier economy, and pursuing a healthy future for our state,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “The fiscal year 2022 budget is another opportunity to wisely invest the tax dollars of our hardworking people into the programs and functions that support them in leading healthier lives.

“The Senate will prioritize tax relief to help reduce the burden being felt around so many kitchen tables and reduce the cost of doing business in Michigan, so our family-owned businesses have a better chance of rebounding in the wake of repeated shutdowns. We will work to ensure parents who want to see their kids return to the classroom have that choice, increase testing capacity and availability, and increase vaccine distribution and availability.”

The Senate Republican budget priorities also include helping seniors live healthy, independent lives; stabilizing the unemployment trust fund; expanding mental health support services for students; continuing to support teacher retirement; and paying down debt.

“We are putting a priority on funding for infrastructure improvements for better roads and greater access to the internet across our state and working to help local governments replace lead drinking water lines,” Stamas said. “It is our expectation that our budget priorities represent an opportunity for bipartisan support from our colleagues across the aisle and the governor on a smart spending plan for Michigan.”