Sen. Marleau comments on governor’s 2018 budget plan

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Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

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

“The budget the governor presented today provides a solid foundation for moving forward. It is fiscally sound and provides a good allocation of resources to continue to foster job growth and economic development.

“As the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, I listened particularly closely to the portion of the governor’s address regarding public health.

“Funding to help protect Michiganders from public health issues includes $14.3 million to help protect our state’s drinking water and help ensure our children have clean, safe water at school; and $4.9 million to protect air quality.

“I am pleased to see further investments going toward cost savings and access to better health care and more dollars going directly to patients instead of being filtered through bureaucratic channels.

“The governor’s budget proposal includes good investments to improve public health. My colleagues and I in the House and Senate are going to work hard the next few months to help ensure that these and other budget priorities are enacted into law.”