Richardville offers comments on passage of state budget
LANSING - Following an around-the-clock historic session that resulted in a balanced budget, Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, offered the following statement:
"The Senate passed significant legislation that will minimize the effects of a state government shutdown and balance the 2008 fiscal year budget. The meaningful cuts and reforms included in the measures will provide long term solutions for Michigan and limit government spending.
"Hundreds of millions of dollars in government reforms were included in budget negotiations. The reforms addressed skyrocketing costs of health benefits, school employee retirement costs, Medicaid health care costs, and retirement payments of a retired state employee if the individual is re-employed directly or indirectly by the state.
"The Senate has stood firm in fighting for Michigan families and job providers. These comprehensive governmental reforms and cuts in spending address the core structural deficits that continue to mire our economy and will have a profound impact for decades to come. We will continue to pursue reform policies that create a leaner and more efficient state government."
Posted: Monday, October 01, 2007
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