MacGregor eager to pass balanced budget ahead of schedule for ninth straight year

LANSING, Mich.—State Senate Majority Floor Leader Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, issued the following statement on Wednesday after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer presented her Fiscal Year 2020 budget recommendation to the Legislature:

“The governor’s budget proposal highlighted several priorities that Michigan has invested in over the past eight years, including fixing our state’s crumbling roads, funding education and career training opportunities, ensuring the public’s health and wellbeing, and protecting our natural resources.

“The Legislature has demonstrated over the last eight years that we can make these investments through smart budgeting. We’ve put billions toward our roads, dedicated the most money in state history for K-12 schools, invested in the fight against PFAS, paid down debt and saved for the future—all without unnecessary tax increases.

“Already I am hearing from constituents in our district who are concerned about tax increases, and I agree that such drastic moves could hurt hard working families and job providers. I am confident that we can approve a budget that continues to invest in our shared priorities while limiting the impact on taxpayers. I am eager to get to work and look forward to passing a balanced budget ahead of schedule – for the ninth straight year.”