LANSING, Mich. — After listening to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2021 State of the State address virtually Wednesday night, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, issued the following statement:
“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating effect on Michigan families, workers and small businesses. People are gathering in their houses and at office desks wondering how they are going to make it. They don’t need comforting talk; they need leaders who help them and trust them to safely reopen and get back to work.
“We must work together to rebuild a healthier Michigan. I remain committed to healthier families and communities by fighting COVID-19 and getting more vaccines to our families to allow us to return to a more normal life. I will continue to fight for our children, your hard-earned tax dollars and promoting economic freedom for a healthier economy and future. Michigan deserves nothing less.
“The budget challenges last year showed we can work together. In the face of historic deficits, we were able to come together to balance the 2020 budget and pass a responsible 2021 budget — while living within our means. I am confident that we can do that again, and I look forward to seeing the governor’s budget recommendation soon.”