LANSING, Mich. — After listening to State Budget Director Christopher Harkins outline Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s fiscal year 2023 state budget recommendation on Wednesday, Sen. Mark E. Huizenga, R-Walker, issued the following statement:
“As we look at how to use our one-time federal funds and positive state revenues, we must keep in mind that many Michigan families are struggling with ever-increasing costs. I support smart, targeted and purposeful investments that don’t grow the size of government but instead will increase our next generation’s opportunity for success.
“While I agree with the ideas of continuing increases in K-12 education funding to help our students, putting more resources into local infrastructure, and providing tax relief to families and seniors, we need to look more closely at how to best achieve those goals.
“We have come a long way from the recession under the previous Democratic governor, yet we need to continue to be responsible with state spending so that we never return to the years of tax increases and budget deficits.
“The Michigan people are still facing real challenges, and they expect us to overcome our differences and find common ground on these critical issues. As we officially start the budget process, we need to remain focused on using our historic federal and state resources to making positive, long-term investments that improve the lives of Michigan families and build for a brighter future throughout our state.”