State Rep. Brad Slagh’s effort to better prioritize taxpayer dollars in the coming budget year was rejected by the Democrat majority on Wednesday.
During a House Appropriations Committee meeting, Slagh offered an amendment to prohibit taxpayer funding for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training from being included in several Michigan state budgets unless the law requires it. The legislator said the training is an unnecessary use of the people’s money.
“These training programs come at a high cost to taxpayers each year, and there is little data to prove enhanced functionality or productivity.” Slagh said. “My amendment isn’t an attempt to diminish the importance of equality as an important virtue in our society-what it comes down to is that it is not the taxpayers’ financial responsibility to adjust the hearts and minds of government workers. It is the responsibility of our communities, churches and families to pass on our values.”
Local office hours are an opportunity for constituents to meet face-to-face with Rep. Slagh to share their thoughts, questions, and concerns. No appointments are necessary to attend.
“Some $3.9 billion dollars were added to the budget at the last minute without any discussion or deliberation whatsoever; this elitist spending mentality is a disservice to the people of Michigan, and it’s not the way state government is supposed to work under our representative democracy,” Slagh said.