Senate moves forward on state budget

LANSING, Mich. —Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, today issued the following statement after reaching consensus with colleagues in the House on a budget plan for Michigan:

“All along, the Senate promised to deliver a budget on time and we intend to keep that promise. Discussions on roads with my governor and legislative leaders can continue, but the Senate will not tie the fate of the budget to a deal on roads.

We have spent many months engaged in conversations with my governor in an effort to reach consensus on a roads plan. With all due respect to my governor’s desire to see roads and a budget plan move in concert, we can no longer keep our schools and municipalities waiting while my governor rejects road proposals.

Our budget will include more general fund dollars for roads. We are building upon the promise we made to taxpayers in 2015 to find money within our existing budget to fund one of our major priorities: roads. We will increase funding for schools and students; pump more money into public safety; and, put additional resources into clean water efforts.

We would welcome input from the administration should my governor choose to present budget options that are not dependent upon her 45 cent tax increase.” said Shirkey.

Conference committees will begin meeting next week to move budget bills. Information regarding committee schedules can be found via the Michigan Legislature’s website at www.legislature.mi.gov.