State Rep. Ken Borton, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, expressed concerns over the 2023 House budget approved today.
“Michiganders deserve to know how the state is spending their hard-earned tax dollars, but House Democrats are using the budget process to strip important transparency measures and hide from accountability,” said Borton, of Gaylord. “This is a clear attempt to leave Michigan taxpayers in the dark, and I will not support that.”
Across the state, Michigan families are tightening their belts as they deal with the highest cost-of-living increases seen in decades, on top of rampant inflation.
“Years of strong Republican leadership and fiscal responsibility led to a massive state surplus,” Borton said. “We should be utilizing it to address the most important needs of Michigan families. Democrats, however, are blowing it on various far-left social programs and underfunding the most urgent needs we have.
“Further, my colleagues and I have repeatedly raised concerns about taking transparency and accountability measures out of the budget. House Democrats ignored our concerns, and rejected every single amendment we offered in order to restore transparency.”
Borton pinpointed a few specific concerns in the budget, including:
- Growing bureaucracy/increasing red tape: The spending plan pushed by House Democrats funds unnecessary programs that will be unsustainable in future years. For example, it pumps money into a new state archaeologist office, spends $160 million for free breakfast and lunch at schools – even for the wealthiest families, and puts $10 million toward new electric vehicles for state employees.
- Ignoring the priorities of Michigan families: House Democrats are spending an unprecedented amount of taxpayer money in the budget without including any real solutions to address our state’s most pressing challenges. There is no real solution to fix local roads, affordable and reliable childcare is essentially ignored, and not enough is being done to promote school safety.
“House Democrats simply want to spend far too much of hard-earned taxpayer dollars on programs that make good soundbites, but are unrealistic,” Borton said. “We should shift the funding from these special projects to prioritize what Michiganders truly need – fixing more local roads, fixing the problematic Child Development and Care program, or investing in school safety.”
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“If we transition the passport program from opt-in to opt-out we are effectively creating a tax on people who don’t pay attention. We shouldn’t be forcing people to pay for a park pass they don’t even know they’re receiving and may never use. The governor is trying to bankroll her liberal agenda on the backs of working-class folks who won’t see the hit coming.”
“A bipartisan package to keep our kids safe seems like the perfect thing for the House to work on while we’re split 54-54,” Borton said. “We need to refocus our attention away from inconsequential bills with limited impact and get back to the issues people care most about – that can start with securing school safety resources for kids back home.”
“Sometimes in this job I really have to remind myself that it’s impossible to help people who don’t want to help themselves. Democrats have zero interest in helping themselves, or the people of Michigan right now. All they have to do is walk across the aisle and negotiate if they’re truly interested in putting people first and making things better. But instead, they’re still grasping to the convoluted idea that they have complete control.”