Sen. MacDonald comments on governor’s 2022 budget recommendation

LANSING, Mich. — After listening to state Budget Director Dave Massaron present Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s fiscal year 2022 state budget recommendation on Thursday, Sen. Michael D. MacDonald, R-Macomb Township, issued the following statement:

“The ongoing pandemic continues to take a toll on families in Macomb and across the state, and they need us to work together to improve their lives and protect their livelihoods. One of the most significant ways we can achieve the positive results our people need is by effectively putting their tax dollars to smart use building a brighter, healthier future for everyone in our state.

“As we begin the state budget process, we must focus on both helping our people stay safe during this health crisis and get back on their feet after it’s over. That means supporting front-line workers and improving access to testing and vaccines while also reducing burdens on families and supporting our students and local communities. We also need to give our small businesses the resources they need to reopen and recover following the governor’s shutdowns.

“Although the governor has repeatedly rejected our efforts to work with her on the enormous challenges facing our state, we must continue to try to find common ground on proactive solutions. As a new father, I know the future of our state and our children depends on it, so failure is not an option.”