Rep. Ken Borton today expressed support for the Pure Michigan campaign that promotes tourism in Northern Michigan and condemned drastic cuts made to the program by Lansing Democrats.
The Pure Michigan budget will take a $15 million hit next year, despite the state recently passing a record-high budget. This has raised serious concerns among supporters of the vital tourism campaign. Borton said the program will undoubtedly face significant challenges with limited resources, ultimately leading to less effective results for the Northern Michigan tourism industry.
“The positive impact of Pure Michigan cannot be overstated, and it is disheartening to witness such as valuable program being stripped of its resources,” said Borton, of Gaylord. “The short-sightedness of Lansing Democrats in prioritizing budget cuts over long-term growth and prosperity throughout the state is deeply concerning.”
Reports show that for every dollar invested in Pure Michigan, roughly $9 is injected into the state economy.
“This drastic, naïve cut is a major insult to the many Northern Michiganders who rely on the 100 million-plus visitors that come to Michigan every year, spending upwards of $23 billion which directly supports more than 200,000 jobs,” Borton said.
Borton says he plans to work to restore funding to the vital program to ensure its continued success in promoting tourism and driving economic vitality in Northern Michigan.
State Rep. Ken Borton on Friday criticized Democrat-sponsored proposals that would repeal health, safety, and reporting standards for abortion clinics, pay for elective abortions with taxpayer funds, eliminate informed consent requirements, and permit partial-birth abortion – an extremely unpopular late-term abortion procedure.
“Democrats in Michigan are undermining public education and disregarding what’s best for our students,” said Borton, R-Gaylord. “I’ve discussed this with other parents in Northern Michigan who simply want to ensure their kids have access to the best possible education that gives them the knowledge and abilities necessary to succeed in life. That is my priority. This plan strips away much-needed accountability in our schools while lending a hand to union bosses.”
“This budget falls short of the expectations that were set by those who elected us,” said Borton, of Gaylord. “It lacks transparency, neglects our infrastructure, and fails to value long-term sustainability.