Richardville offers comments on progress of state budget
LANSING-After the Michigan Senate passed numerous reforms Sunday night to save the state money and reduce the size of government, state Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, issued the following statement:
"The most frequent comment that I have heard from my constituents lately is that Lansing is lacking leadership. Tonight, the Senate majority took a significant step forward and demonstrated real leadership.
"As I have said before, a budget solution may require a combination of three R's: reductions, reforms and revenues. We have already passed a number of reform and reductive measures aimed at helping state government become more efficient and effective. We passed additional reforms this evening.
"The Senate has gone on the record and cast difficult votes, making tough, sometimes politically unpopular decisions. We have also reviewed options for possible sources of revenue. We have suggested multiple solutions for this budget problem. That is what leadership is all about. The real question now is whether the House and administration want to be part of the solution.
"Last week, the Senate passed a continuation budget that will allow us to solve this budget crisis without shutting down state government. We have stepped up and provided real options. It's time for others to do the same and help get this job finished."
Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2007
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