State Rep. Sarah Lightner, Republican vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement in response to the governor’s executive budget recommendations:
“Today the governor made clear that she expects every Michigan taxpayer to continue paying higher income taxes so she can afford the unprecedented level of spending she laid out for the new state budget. Instead of cutting taxes and putting more money in people’s paychecks, she wants to spend taxpayer money on special projects and new government programs.
“The governor failed to address the state’s most pressing challenges, like paying down debt, dutifully funding pensions, and helping Michigan families cope with the pressure form inflation they face every day. Her recommendations lack real solutions to address the crumbling local roads people drive every day on their way to work and school; help new moms and dads find affordable and reliable childcare; and grant ongoing, long-term relief to Michigan seniors, families and workers, instead of teasing them with one $180 check per married couple.
“The governor’s recommendations are just the first step in the budget process. I expect there to be numerous committee hearings and open conversation on the specific details of her proposal, and I’m looking forward to participating in a transparent process that sheds light on the way public tax dollars are being spent.”
State Rep. Sarah Lightner today issued the following statement after Ford confirmed it is pausing construction of its forthcoming Blue Oval plant in Marshall, a project receiving more than $1.7 billion in state incentives. The company said it is not confident in its ability to run the plant competitively: “Gov. Whitmer threw $1.7 billion in […]
State Rep. Sarah Lightner today welcomed Calhoun County Sheriff Steve Hinkley to the state Capitol for a special ceremony. The annual ceremony marks the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, honors first responders and military members working in our communities, and remembers those in Michigan who have died in […]
State Rep. Sarah Lightner today sent a letter to the Michigan Auditor General requesting a thorough review of inexcusable staffing shortages and alleged violations of federal and state labor regulations within the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Program helps Michigan farmers whose livestock is threatened by wolves State Reps. Sarah Lightner and Rep. Amos O’Neal today called upon Michigan’s Congressional delegation to fully fund a grant program that helps compensate farmers whose livestock are killed by gray wolves and other predatory animals protected by the federal government. Lightner, R-Springport, and O’Neal, D-Saginaw, […]