Governor Promotes 'Fiscal Responsibility' During Final State Of The State

Jan 24, 2018

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Governor Rick Snyder called for fiscal responsibility during his final State of the State address.  This could clash with the priorities of the state lawmakers.

Republicans in the House and Senate have been focused on cutting taxes.  But the governor says now is the time to spend in some areas, and save in others – and that doesn’t necessarily mean a tax cut. 

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard says the Legislature has been fiscally responsible, but:

“It’s now time to allow the taxpayers to appreciate that or see more money in their pockets.” 

The governor laid out several programs he’d like to see get increases in spending this year.  He said the state needs to think about long term benefits, not short term gains when planning this year’s budget. 

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at