LANSING―State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, issued the following statement Thursday after the Michigan Senate finalized a balanced 2012 state budget:
“This historic state budget eliminates Michigan’s $1.5 billion deficit and places the state on the road to recovery. Most importantly, this balanced budget creates a pro-jobs environment that is critical to true, sustained economic growth.
“Today we have made the tough, but necessary decisions to resolve Michigan’s structural deficit while still providing basic services like public safety and education.
“For the first time in nearly half a century, the state budget has been completed before Memorial Day. This early foundation gives certainty to job providers frustrated by instability and ineffective leadership, and is important to economic recovery and investment.
“Unlike past years, this budget is truly balanced and does not use one-time fixes or federal bailouts to cover our fiscal reality. To ensure we get the greatest ‘value for the money,’ it is founded on sound budget principles and improved efficiency in state spending.”
Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Booher are available in the form of a podcast on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorDarwinBooher.com. Click on “Podcasts.”