LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder presented his Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget recommendation on Wednesday to a joint meeting of the Senate and House Appropriations committees. State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, offered the following comments:
“The governor has once again presented us with a fiscally sound state budget. The Senate Appropriations Committee members will begin to examine the details of each individual department budget, making adjustments, and adding our own priorities. Fiscal oversight and accountability will be a key theme throughout this process.
“First, I was very pleased to see the governor’s budget proposal limits the growth of state government to 0.8 percent, well below the rate of inflation. Prioritizing our spending and limiting the size of government have been key priorities of mine throughout the budget processes.
“Secondly, we will continue to support the governor as he addresses the water crisis in Flint. The final product may look different, but we will not waver in our commitment to support the children and families affected by this tragedy.
“Finally, education funding continues to be a priority, and is reflected in the governor’s proposal. The increases in funding for both K-12 public education and our public higher education institutions will help ensure a strong public education for all of Michigan’s students and families.”