Sen. Hansen comments on governor’s 2018 budget plan

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Sen. Goeff Hansen

Sen. Goeff Hansen

LANSING, Mich. — After listening to Gov. Rick Snyder’s presentation of his proposed Fiscal Year 2018 state budget on Wednesday, Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, issued the following statement:

“Governor Snyder’s budget provides a sensible, sound blueprint for continued job growth and fiscal responsibility for Michigan.

“As a senator representing a district whose economy is strong in the areas of tourism and natural resources, a few months ago I requested a significant investment to upgrade our state parks system, which is sorely needed.

“I was particularly pleased today to hear that the governor’s budget does include a nearly $20 million upgrade for our state parks and $1.8 million for an increase in the number of conservation officers.

“In addition, the budget includes $3.8 million for an increased focus on the state’s wetland mitigation bank program, with a specific focus on creating or restoring wetlands on state land to both preserve and enhance our wetland resource base and help allow for the development of wetlands in other areas where appropriate.

“These investments will benefit not only the state, but Muskegon and the entire 34th District as well.

“This is just the beginning of the budget process; I look forward to working with my colleagues over the next few months to pass a balanced budget that includes these priorities.”