For Immediate Release
Feb. 5, 2014
Contact: Jennifer Murray
LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Rick Snyder’s fiscal year14-15 budget proposal unveiled on Wednesday before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees:
“After three years of pro-growth, fiscally responsible policies, the state of Michigan has turned a $1.5 billion deficit into a $970 million surplus. The governor identified his spending priorities as continued investments in education, infrastructure and job creation while reducing the tax burden on our citizens and putting aside money in our state’s rainy day fund. I share many of the Governor’s priorities.
“I’ll be working hard to ensure that the lion’s share of the surplus goes to fixing our roads, responsible education funding and identifying ways to provide tangible tax relief to the hard-working citizens that made this surplus possible.
“The formula for continuing down this strong economic path is simple— by putting more people back to work, we increase our tax base and grow our state’s revenues without raising taxes.”