LANSING, Mich. — In advance of receiving Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s fiscal year 2022-23 budget recommendation on Wednesday, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, outlined Senate Republicans’ budget priorities for 2022:
“Our budget is in a strong position because of Senate Republicans’ record of smart, responsible spending. But this is not an excuse for runaway spending and growing the size of government. Instead, we have an obligation to make sure family budgets are in an equally strong position as they weather the effects of shutting our economy down, job losses, and record inflation.
“I’m encouraged to hear Gov. Whitmer is finally ready to talk about reducing taxes for Michiganders, because they need our help. We will seek broad-based tax relief that covers all Michigan residents. I look forward to hearing if we will have a partner in the governor’s office.
“Budgets are statements of priorities, and Senate Republicans have prioritized giving schools the resources they need to open safely, fixing crumbling roads and bridges, and ensuring the water in our taps and lakes is clean.
“We will continue to view funding from the federal government as an opportunity not to feed state government, but to make lasting, transformational changes that will benefit generations of Michiganders to come.”