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VanderWall comments on governor’s 2023 budget recommendations

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee Chair Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, on Wednesday issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s fiscal year 2023 state budget recommendations:

“I was pleased to see that mental health spending, rural broadband support, and the health of our Great Lakes communities were included along with the many other priorities laid out in the governor’s budget proposal. Additionally, providing tax relief to families and seniors and investing in local infrastructure, our students and our workforce are also important.

“I am troubled, however, at her proposal’s reliance on using so much of the state’s one-time American Rescue Plan relief funds to inflate the size of government in unsustainable ways. These funds from the federal government should be responsibly used to combat the effects of COVID-19 and we have a real opportunity to make transformational changes for our state that will benefit Michiganders for generations to come.

“While the state’s budget projections may look especially bright, we must not forget that many people across Michigan are still struggling and facing historic inflation; we must always be mindful of whose dollars we are spending. I trust the Legislature and governor will be able to come together to address our shared priorities, make the kinds of lasting investments our state needs and return money to the people who know how to use it best — Michigan’s hardworking taxpayers.