Richardville: Senates Year of the Reform plan could save state more than $2 billion
LANSING — Sen. Randy Richardville and his colleagues today unveiled six key areas of reform and 10 specific initiatives they plan to pass in the 2010 legislative session. The proposal could save more than $2 billion.
“Government spending must be put in check,” said Richardville, R-Monroe. “Michigan is once again facing a significant budget deficit. It’s time for the state to take responsibility and address the problem head on.”
The Senate’s ‘Year of the Reform’ plan will reduce government spending by examining more efficient and effective ways to offer services at the state and local level.
“During these challenging times, families across Michigan have been forced to adjust their spending. The state must do the same,” Richardville said.
“Over the past few months, the Senate has had success in approving important education reforms. We hope to accomplish additional major reforms in the coming months to help save taxpayer dollars.”
The 10 Senate initiatives cover six key reform areas for an estimated total savings of $2.24 – 2.6 billion:
- Public employee health care ($615 million in savings);
- Local police and fire ($70-118 million);
- K-12 school spending ($363-663 million);
- Medicaid spending ($160-500 million);
- Government efficiency (indeterminate); and
- Public employee compensation ($1.2 billion).
More information on the Senate reforms will be available on the caucus Web site at www.senate.michigan.gov/reforms.
Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2010
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