State Rep. Sarah Lightner, the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after today’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference:
“All of the evidence points to future state revenue falling, but the Democrat majority is spending money like they have it to burn. The budget proposals they have brought forward so far are simply unsustainable, and the projections we received today confirm that.
“Even the banking industry is stressed to the point where we have seen some institutions fail recently – one of many good reasons to be careful about state spending.
“Moving forward, we need to be cautious and smart about how the state invests taxpayer dollars. We should not be wasting money on political projects and programs that expand the size of our government in ways we won’t be able to afford in the future. Even some members of the Democrat majority in the House have acknowledged that their spending proposal is not sustainable in future years. It’s time to buckle down and make responsible, targeted investments in areas that will benefit Michigan families and leave our state better prepared for the future.
“The people of Michigan don’t want electric school buses and a fancy new fleet of electric vehicles for state employees to drive. They want the state to fix local roads, invest in quality education for their kids, and make sure their communities are safe.”
State Rep. Sarah Lightner today issued the following statement after Ford confirmed it is pausing construction of its forthcoming Blue Oval plant in Marshall, a project receiving more than $1.7 billion in state incentives. The company said it is not confident in its ability to run the plant competitively: “Gov. Whitmer threw $1.7 billion in […]
State Rep. Sarah Lightner today welcomed Calhoun County Sheriff Steve Hinkley to the state Capitol for a special ceremony. The annual ceremony marks the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, honors first responders and military members working in our communities, and remembers those in Michigan who have died in […]
State Rep. Sarah Lightner today sent a letter to the Michigan Auditor General requesting a thorough review of inexcusable staffing shortages and alleged violations of federal and state labor regulations within the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Program helps Michigan farmers whose livestock is threatened by wolves State Reps. Sarah Lightner and Rep. Amos O’Neal today called upon Michigan’s Congressional delegation to fully fund a grant program that helps compensate farmers whose livestock are killed by gray wolves and other predatory animals protected by the federal government. Lightner, R-Springport, and O’Neal, D-Saginaw, […]