Michigan Municipal League Issues Statement on Governor Whitmer’s Budget Proposal

Posted on March 5, 2019 by Dene Westbrook

Below is a statement the Michigan Municipal League just released about Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s budget proposal announced today. It’s also posted on the League’s press release page here. The Governor also shared with us last night that she has accepted our invitation for her to speak at our Capital Conference on March 19. Details on that are forthcoming. League statement on budget:

Governor Whitmer and Dan Gilmartin

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Municipal League Executive Director and CEO Dan Gilmartin issued the following statement about the budget proposal announced today by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

“Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget proposal is a comprehensive, bold first step toward addressing a number of problems that have long confronted the state. It provides new and sustainable investment in our broken transportation system, particularly in areas where most Michiganders live, work and play. It begins to reverse years of underfunding of revenue sharing, helping our communities maintain public safety and competing with other states in attracting residents. It boosts the Earned Income Tax Credit, a proven poverty-fighting, economy-growing policy for urban and rural communities. It supports cradle to grave education opportunities, ensuring we have the skills needed to fill jobs today and in the future.

This budget is an important acknowledgment of the need to invest in community infrastructure, which is the backbone of economic growth and a key to attracting and retaining talent. We look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature as this budget moves through the process and highlights the priorities of Michigan’s communities.

We will be looking for more details in the days ahead, but wholeheartedly agree with Governor Whitmer’s statement that ‘Nobody is going to invest in a state that doesn’t invest in itself.’ “

For media questions, please contact the League’s Director of Communications Matt Bach at 810-874-1073 or [email protected].

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