LANSING, Mich.—In a move to further cut spending in Michigan, Sen. Joe Hune recently reported that he has given $2145.14 of his office and three committee budgets 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. In addition, each senate office is also allotted a budget for payroll, supplies and similar expenses. Senators are not required to use these funds. 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. “In addition, I feel it is even more fiscally responsible for me to give back the portion of my office allotment that I did not fully use this year. The state of Michigan cannot keep spending money like the economy will magically rebound without making spending cuts and the best way to lead is by example.”
In 2011 Hune also declined to fully use both his allotted committee amount and his allotted office amount, and portions of both were 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.”
It was also recently announced that Hune joins Sen. Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights, as the only senators with a perfect voting record for the 96th Legislature at 1,141 total record roll-call votes taken, with zero votes missed.
The 96th Legislature, which ran from January 2011 through December 2012, had the best voting record since the statistic has been tracked.
“I hope that the 97th Legislature can live up to the precedent set by us this past session and we can continue to properly represent our respective districts,” Hune said.