Schmidt responds to Gov. Whitmer’s first budget presentation

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement in response to Tuesday’s budget presentation by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer:

“Today’s presentation marks the start of yet another budget process. As I listened to her speech, I found many common goals with what I was hearing. We have different ideas on how we should get across the finish line, and I think we can sit down and work together to get this done.

“With smart budgeting, we can continue to fix our roads and infrastructure, support our schools and our students, keep our state on solid financial footing, and promote efficient and effective government. The Legislature has approved landmark funding in both schools and roads in recent years, and we must continue these investments in Michigan’s future.

“As we work to once again pass a balanced budget ahead of schedule, I look forward to hearing from Michigan families and residents about their priorities.

“Now that the governor has laid out her spending plan, it is time for us to get down to business. Today’s recommendations are just the beginning. As a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, I am committed to working with our House colleagues and the governor’s administration to pass a responsible budget that helps foster successful futures for our students, continues Michigan’s economic comeback, diversifies our workforce, pays down debt and fixes our roads.”