LANSING, Mich.—In a move to further cut spending in Michigan, Sen. Joe Hune reported Monday that he has given 100 percent of his committee budget back to the state.
Each senator on a committee is allotted an allowance per year for travel reimbursement, including gas and food, as well as other miscellaneous expenses. Senators are not required to use these funds and Sen. Hune, R-Hamburg, has opted to give his back to the state to help alleviate some fiscal stress.
“As chair of three Senate committees it is my duty to demonstrate true fiscal responsibility,” said Hune, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Senate Insurance and Senate Redistricting committees. “The state of Michigan cannot keep spending money like the economy will magically rebound. Yes, our state’s financial outlook is improving, but that follows the difficult, yet responsible decisions we made this year and last to rein in spending.”
This is not the first year Sen. Hune has given back his committee budget. In 2011 Hune also declined to use his allotted amount and it too was given back.
“It is important that every entity of our government operate within its means,” said Hune. “We are setting an important precedent for the state, other committees and state legislators.
“I am committed to doing my part to help reduce the cost of government, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to get Michigan back on the path to financial prosperity.”