In this edition of What’s Up, with Woz! we will be discussing the lengths to which the current legislative majority has gone to decrease transparency in the state budget. They have eliminated reports that require state departments to account for how public tax dollars are spent.
For example, reports about the state’s: pension debt; road bond debt; millions of dollars for IT contractors; and the number of state employees who work remotely… have all been eliminated. By increasing contingency spending limits, the majority is giving unelected bureaucrats something akin to a blank check to spend money without input from legislators and the people we represent.
The proposed budget also strips away important safeguards that allow legislators to take action if bureaucrats spend irresponsibly. Without these safeguards, unelected state employees can spend enormous sums of money without having to account for their decisions.
My Republican colleagues and I have repeatedly raised concerns about taking transparency and accountability measures out of the budget, but the current majority has ignored our concerns and rejected every amendment offered to restore transparency.
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“Something as critical as school safety resources needs immediate, robust consideration to ensure the package meets all relevant needs,” Wozniak said. “My Democrat colleagues have spoken about the importance of the committee process, yet they have not held a hearing to consider the bills. It’s time for the Education Committee to honor their responsibilities to our children and hold a hearing on the bipartisan school safety plan.”
“Probate Court looks out for people in times of crisis, where time is of the essence,” said Wozniak, R-Shelby Township. “These caseloads don’t usually involve people who can wait weeks or sometimes even days for a hearing. We’re talking about orphaned children with nowhere to go, mentally ill and developmentally disabled loved ones, and folks looking for the authority to make medical decisions for incapacitated family members, and myriad of other circumstances where timely, thoughtful decisions need to be made. Macomb County needs this additional judicial position to help ensure our vulnerable family, friends and neighbors are properly served.”
“These bills would add $72 million dollars in new fees to the bills of public water customers, each year,” said Wozniak, R-Shelby Township. “The state already has too many poorly managed and underperforming programs. Macomb County residents are not clamoring for an expensive new program from which they would receive no benefit.”
“People want assurances government officials are using proceeds from the sale of property seized by the government exactly according to law,” said Wozniak, R-Shelby Township. “Corruption or even the appearance of corruption is a stain on our society. Our plan brings greater clarity to the civil asset forfeiture law by refining the process and limitations for its use.”