Senator Margaret O’Brien comments on Governor’s 2016 budget plan

OBrienLANSING, Mich.—State Senator Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, issued the following statement after Governor Rick Snyder presented his Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal Wednesday at a joint hearing of the Senate and House Appropriations committees:

“Michigan’s strong economic recovery continues, and I appreciate that Governor Snyder’s 2016 budget proposal further invests in our state’s future. It is important that we prioritize education, and I am particularly supportive of the governor’s focus on early childhood education and on vocational, career technical education and skilled trades training programs. They are strong alternatives to traditional four-year colleges that prepare students for good, high-paying jobs. I also appreciate that the governor’s budget focuses on strengthening public safety and supporting local governments, which are vitally important.

“Overall, this budget strikes a good balance between strategic investments and fiscal responsibility. I look forward to working with my colleagues and the governor’s administration as we begin the budget process.”

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Editor’s note: Audio comments from Senator O’Brien are available on the senator’s website at www.SenatorMargaretOBrien.com.