The budgeting process for Fiscal Year 2014 today began with Gov. Rick Snyder’s initial budget recommendations before a joint session of the House and Senate budget committees.
State Reps. Peter MacGregor and Rob VerHeulen, both members of the House Appropriations Committee, participated in today’s session and are prepared to get to work on a responsible state budget.
MacGregor, chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Services, is eager to get to work on the budget and use every dollar efficiently.
“Though the economy is improving, my job is to be sure we maximize every tax dollar,” said MacGregor, R-Cannon Township. “We will continue to create a structurally sound, balanced budget based on real dollars. I’m ready to get to work to balance this year’s budget months ahead of schedule, without accounting gimmicks. I am anxious to continue to find savings and efficiencies while providing quality service to our constituents.”
VerHeulen, a first-term lawmaker and chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, is ready to tackle the tough issue of fixing Michigan’s road system.
“It’s no secret that our roads, bridges and harbors are in serious need of improvement and it’s time we have a detailed and thorough discussion of how best to improve this system,” said VerHeulen, R-Walker. “I appreciate the governor stressing the importance of addressing these issues.
“Before we appropriate any funding, our committee will look at every possible option to make our roads safer for Michigan families. While upgrading our transportation system is a priority, it’s also important that we prioritize state spending in all areas to keep our state headed in the right direction and keep our economy as healthy as it can be.”