Jansen: Senate approves balanced budget without raising taxes
LANSING--Led by Republicans, the Michigan Senate finalized a balanced budget plan Wednesday weeks ahead of schedule and without raising taxes, said Sen. Mark C. Jansen, R–Gaines Township.
“Today the Senate acted responsibly by passing a state budget with no tax increases,” said Jansen. “This will enable us to live within our means without penalizing our job providers or residents.”
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Jansen worked tirelessly to help ensure that the Senate-approved budget was balanced without burdening Michigan’s taxpayers.
The Fiscal Year 2011 budget erases a $1.3 billion deficit and comes in $237 million below the governor’s original recommendation.
Senate Bill 1158 appropriates money for the Michigan Department of Human Services, and House Bill 5888 funds the Michigan Department of State Police.
Passage of the bills marks completion of a state budget plan by the Senate. It also comes one day after the Senate approved budgets for general government (HB 5880) and the departments of transportation (SB 1164); energy, labor, and economic growth (HB 5884); and military and veterans affairs (HB 5885).
“I am delighted we were able to be responsive to the budget timeline of our local leaders while also supporting some necessary reforms,” said Jansen. “I look forward to reviewing the latest state revenue data at the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference on Friday morning.”
The Senate completed work on the state budget and now waits on the Michigan House to act.
Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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