Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2019
Michigan Municipal League Statement Regarding Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Budget Proposal
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].
About the League: Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at mml.org.