Schmidt reacts to State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement on Wednesday, in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2019 State of the State address:

“I was both pleased and interested as the governor outlined her priorities for the upcoming legislative term.

“I think most of the things she touched on are issues that are not partisan, but personal. She is correct when she says potholes do not have partisan affiliation. She is correct when she says Michiganders deserve clean drinking water. And she is correct when she says our state’s children are our future.

“It is important to note that the Legislature approved record road funding measures in recent years, and I hope we can continue working together with the new administration to continue these crucial investments.

“A great deal of Michigan’s success is due to Michigan’s fiscal responsibility over the last few years. For eight consecutive years, the Legislature and governor have approved the state budget well before the beginning of the fiscal year. This has put us in a position to increase road funding, invest more in our schools, and increase our savings for a rainy day.

“I hope 2019 brings the ninth consecutive budget signed ahead of time, and we can yet again increase investments in our state’s infrastructure, public education and skilled trades programs.

“Tonight was just the beginning. I look forward to seeing more details of the governor’s plans during her budget presentation in the coming weeks. I support many of the initiatives she discussed. It is my hope that we can get them done without further burdening Michigan’s taxpayers.”