LANSING―State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, issued the following statement Wednesday after the Michigan Senate approved a state budget plan:
“Michigan faces very serious challenges, yet my outlook is positive. This budget plan is historic in that it solves our state’s $1.6 billion budget deficit by right-sizing state spending and refusing to use one-time fixes or federal bailouts to cover our fiscal reality.
“This plan is founded on sound budget principles and improved efficiency in state spending. By holding every program and tax dollar accountable we are able to get the greatest ‘value for the money.’ This has enabled us to address Michigan’s true structural deficit while still providing basic services like public safety and protecting our natural resources.
“State government and its leaders must be innovative and restructure how the state operates if we are ever to resolve our economic and fiscal problems. This plan reduces spending by millions of dollars, and most importantly, it sets a foundation for long-term economic growth and job creation.
“Fostering a business environment that will help create jobs is critical to Michigan’s future. That is why I continue to focus my efforts on improving our state’s economic climate; and this budget plan is a step forward in that process.”