State Rep. Sarah Lightner, the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement in support of the 2023-24 state budget:
“Chair Witwer and I worked well together, and you see many of the priorities of my caucus reflected in these bills.
“One area where this budget shines is in its commitment to education. It recognizes that our children deserve the best possible start in life by continuing our commitment to investing in education at historic levels. It also recognizes the critical need to make schools safer and more secure for our kids. It will help more schools add school resource officers and make additional security improvements, ensuring that our students can learn and grow in an environment free from fear.
“The commitment to fiscal responsibility displayed in this budget must also be applauded. The prudent decision to allocate resources toward paying down debt is a testament to responsible stewardship of our state’s finances. By reducing our debt burden, we create a stronger foundation for the future and free up resources that can be allocated to other pressing needs in years to come.
“While this budget may not be perfect, I recognize and appreciate its many strengths. It reflects a vision for our state’s future, emphasizing shared priorities like education, school safety, public safety, local infrastructure, mental health care, and fiscal responsibility.”
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, […]
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, R-Springport, today invited residents to attend her upcoming office hours in Homer. Local office hours are an opportunity for residents to meet face-to-face with Lightner to share their thoughts, questions, and concerns. The meetings are open to the public, and no appointment is necessary to attend. Lightner will be available Monday, […]