LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, issued the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder presented his Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal Wednesday at a joint hearing of the Senate and House Appropriations committees:
“Michigan’s remarkable economic comeback over the past four years shows no signs of stopping, but despite our state’s growth, we are facing a significant budgetary shortfall this coming fiscal year. While the state’s General Fund has a deficit largely due to business tax credits carried over from the previous administration that are now being used, the School Aid Fund remains strong and is growing.
“I appreciate that Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal reflects and addresses this shortcoming through mindful reductions and reforms rather than achieving a balanced budget on the backs of our hardworking families. As chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Human Services, though, I am aware of the potential impact that the deficit could have on residents, and particularly on those vulnerable citizens who rely on state assistance. The newly announced Michigan Department of Health and Human Services could help in this effort to better serve residents more efficiently and effectively, and it may reduce any budgetary impact.
“I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues and the governor’s administration as we begin the budget process. I am confident that Michigan will have a balanced budget in place that resolves our current shortfall, protects education and vital services, and helps make Michigan a better place to live, work and raise a family.”