State Rep. Sarah Lightner, Republican vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement in response to the governor’s executive budget recommendations:
“Today the governor made clear that she expects every Michigan taxpayer to continue paying higher income taxes so she can afford the unprecedented level of spending she laid out for the new state budget. Instead of cutting taxes and putting more money in people’s paychecks, she wants to spend taxpayer money on special projects and new government programs.
“The governor failed to address the state’s most pressing challenges, like paying down debt, dutifully funding pensions, and helping Michigan families cope with the pressure form inflation they face every day. Her recommendations lack real solutions to address the crumbling local roads people drive every day on their way to work and school; help new moms and dads find affordable and reliable childcare; and grant ongoing, long-term relief to Michigan seniors, families and workers, instead of teasing them with one $180 check per married couple.
“The governor’s recommendations are just the first step in the budget process. I expect there to be numerous committee hearings and open conversation on the specific details of her proposal, and I’m looking forward to participating in a transparent process that sheds light on the way public tax dollars are being spent.”
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 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, […]
“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.
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 […]
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