LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mark Huizenga, R-Walker, on Wednesday released the following statement after the governor’s proposed budget presentation:
“Today, the governor presented a plan that recklessly spends away all of the taxpayer’s money on wasteful spending, while raising taxes on Michigan families who have to pay for it.
“If your family has to balance its own budget responsibly, then the government should have to do the same. Instead, the governor is trying to spend down almost every penny. If her proposed plan was an $80,000-per-year family budget, she’d be trying to spend all but $7 on more reckless spending. That’s not responsible, and that’s not helpful to the taxpayers who actually have to pay the bills.
“In 2022, under bipartisan control, the state had a record $9 billion surplus. Two years later, we’d be running a deficit if it wasn’t for the $700 million income tax increase Democrats fought to impose on Michiganders.
“I have always been willing to work with my friends on the other side of the aisle to get things done and solve problems for our community. But this plan does nothing to help those struggling with inflation and higher costs of living. It does nothing to actually invest in our roads, pay off debt, save for a rainy day, or spend your money wisely. And it does nothing to solve the problems facing West Michigan families.”