LANSING?State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, issued the following statement Thursday after the Legislature finalized a Fiscal Year 2013 budget for all state departments:
“This structurally balanced budget prioritizes support of key services like public safety while ensuring state government continues to live within its means.
“With this budget we are building on the reforms we made last year that are already creating a positive climate for creating jobs and growing the economy, which are the best solutions to Michigan’s long-term challenges.
“We are strengthening Michigan’s finances by paying down our debts and building up reserves in a rainy day fund. This budget also holds state government accountable for how it spends taxpayer dollars and improves efficiency so that we are able to get the greatest ‘value for the money.’
“I look forward to returning and completing an education budget next week that increases support for our schools, universities and community colleges. Once completed, Michigan will again have enacted a balanced, responsible budget before July, so that local governments and schools can plan accordingly.”