LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, issued the following statement regarding Governor Whitmer’s State of the State address:
“What Governor Whitmer unveiled Wednesday night was far from a ‘roads plan.’ Bonding is a financing tool, not a funding source. Billions of dollars of debt is not a long-term plan for infrastructure; it is asset management. We were hoping for more from our governor.
Senate Republicans have put billions of dollars into roads over the past few years. The men and women of Michigan work hard to send us their tax dollars and we work hard to pump those dollars into taxpayer priorities like roads. The governor’s response was to veto those dollars.
We begin this decade focused on what more we can do to help support families; attract talent and opportunity; and, promote job growth in our state. We are also focused on making government work for the people. We want to make sure the laws that govern our lives are helping, rather than hindering. We are focused on oversight of how dollars are spent once they leave the legislature. And, we want to make sure laws are performing as intended.
Our measure of success is not how many new laws we can pass, but how many policies we can improve, revise, and even rescind. Michigan has experienced tremendous growth over the past several years. We know we can continue to do better and we will.”