It’s October 1. That’s the first day of the new fiscal year in Michigan. That means the state budget year for 2014-15 is now underway, and no one seems to have noticed. The media isn’t inundating its readers, listeners and viewers with stories about the state budget, negotiations, partisan divides or a government being shut down due to the lack of a budget.
This is now the fourth year in a row that the state has had a budget completed months ahead of the deadline thanks to the responsible leadership of the House Republican Caucus and our colleagues in the Senate and the Governor’s Office.
As the graphic below clearly shows, the era of rampant debt, lavish spending and embarrassing leadership — all of which contributed to Michigan’s “Lost Decade” — are now a thing of the past. And good riddance!
Instead, responsible leadership has led to a new Michigan with a brighter future for all Michiganders through fiscal responsibility, saving for the future and pursuing efficient and effective government.
Michigan’s hardworking taxpayers get up every day to do their jobs. Isn’t it nice that the government doing its job is no longer newsworthy?