Sen. Jansen: We must work together to solve budget problem
LANSING - Sen. Mark C. Jansen, R-Gaines Township, made the following statement in regards to the announcement of falling revenues and the worsening economic outlook in Michigan at today’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference:
“Michigan is in dire times and our serious financial problems will not suddenly disappear. Michigan residents lost one in five jobs since 2001. We must work together to cut spending and streamline government.
“Government reforms and more spending cuts will be necessary for the 2010 budget. We cannot depend on the one-time federal stimulus dollars. Making the necessary reforms will change the way state government works.
“With hard work and cooperation we can move quickly to address Michigan’s ongoing budget problems. We need to find the long-term solutions to help Michigan citizens find permanent jobs.”
The state’s General Fund/General Purpose revenue and School Aid Fund are down $1.3 billion from January 2009 estimates for the current fiscal year ending Sept. 30. The budget will be balanced with recent cuts and the addition of federal stimulus dollars.
Jansen is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Posted: Friday, May 15, 2009
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