The state budget process began today with Gov. Rick Snyder’s presentation of Fiscal Year 2014 budget recommendations to a joint session of the House and Senate budget committees.
Bumstead, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources, participated in the session and is preparing to continue implementing responsible budget reforms that will move Michigan in the right direction.
“We’ve come a long way in turning around how our state budget is completed, but I know we can still find ways to make our government and its programs more efficient and effective to make our economy healthier in the longrun,” said Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “The governor recommended his priorities for the state budget and we will look at each of his ideas as we work to create a responsible budget based on real dollars.”
Gov. Snyder’s presentation included funding to improve Michigan’s water quality, hire new conservation officers, provide repairs and maintenance at state parks and address the issue of harbor dredging to address low water levels.
“Efforts that ensure our natural resources are protected are important to the success of our state and I look forward to looking into all the DNR efforts the governor mentioned in his proposal. Now that the governor has gotten the process started, it is now time for us to look at each recommendation and develop a budget that focuses on long-term planning to ensure Michigan’s hard-working taxpayers have the best quality of life possible.”