State Rep. Sarah Lightner, the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after today’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference:
“All of the evidence points to future state revenue falling, but the Democrat majority is spending money like they have it to burn. The budget proposals they have brought forward so far are simply unsustainable, and the projections we received today confirm that.
“Even the banking industry is stressed to the point where we have seen some institutions fail recently – one of many good reasons to be careful about state spending.
“Moving forward, we need to be cautious and smart about how the state invests taxpayer dollars. We should not be wasting money on political projects and programs that expand the size of our government in ways we won’t be able to afford in the future. Even some members of the Democrat majority in the House have acknowledged that their spending proposal is not sustainable in future years. It’s time to buckle down and make responsible, targeted investments in areas that will benefit Michigan families and leave our state better prepared for the future.
“The people of Michigan don’t want electric school buses and a fancy new fleet of electric vehicles for state employees to drive. They want the state to fix local roads, invest in quality education for their kids, and make sure their communities are safe.”
State Rep. Sarah Lightner, R-Springport, will hold office hours next month in Spring Arbor Township and Albion. Local office hours are an opportunity for residents to meet face-to-face with Lightner to share their thoughts, questions, and concerns. The meetings are open to the public, and no appointment is necessary to attend. Lightner will be available […]
State Rep. Sarah Lightner, the ranking Republican member of the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after budget votes in the House: “After years of smart financial planning, our state went into 2023 with a historic budget surplus. Heading into the budget process, I was optimistic about the opportunity to address many of […]
State Rep. Sarah Lightner today introduced a plan to ensure Michigan youth who end up in the juvenile justice system have access to proper legal representation, even when they cannot afford it. Lightner, who served on the Michigan Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform, said the measures she introduced today are part of a 20-bill, […]
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