LANSING, Mich. — After listening to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2020 State of the State address Wednesday night, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, issued the following statement:
“The state of our state is good as the result of over eight years of hard work to build a better Michigan — turning around our economy, helping create thousands of Michigan jobs, driving down the cost of car insurance and reducing our debt.
“I agree with the governor that we need to fix our roads, protect our water, prepare our students for success, ensure access to health care, and help more people participate in Michigan’s comeback. The difference lies in how we achieve those goals and how we pay for them.
“Bonding concerns me as it takes away road dollars from our local roads to put into the state highways. Bonding is a financing mechanism, not a funding source. Rather than focus on a comprehensive proposal to improve roads all across our state, the governor’s plan relies on manipulating debt to fund state highways.
“Last year, we delivered a responsible budget on time that would have increased funding for roads, schools and water protection to record levels, but the governor decided to play games with nearly $1 billion in vital funding because we didn’t pass her massive $2.5 billion gas tax hike.
“Michigan families deserve better than that. I am ready to work with the governor to improve our state, and I look forward to seeing her budget recommendations next week.”