LANSING, Mich. — After listening to State Budget Director Dave Massaron present Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s fiscal year 2022 state budget recommendation on Thursday, Sen. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville, issued the following statement:
“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating effect on our families, communities and economy. While we’ve proposed investing $2 billion more in the short term to protect our people and our livelihoods, we owe it to the hardworking folks of Ottawa County and across our state to enact a proactive 2022 budget that helps build a healthier and stronger Michigan.
“We need a budget that will help address the needs of today — improving vaccine distribution, supporting small businesses, and addressing the education gap from remote learning — while starting to lay a strong foundation for Michigan’s future with increased workforce development and infrastructure investments.
“We still face tough challenges ahead, and we cannot afford to let our differences prevent us from finding common ground. Last year, we came together on bipartisan solutions to balance historic budget deficits while protecting critical services and without raising taxes — and I know we can do it again. I look forward to working with my colleagues and the governor to get it done on behalf of the Michigan people.”