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Horn: Senate action brings 2022 budget one step closer to completion

 LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, issued the following statement on Wednesday after the Legislature sent the final budgets over to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for approval:

“Many of my personal priorities and the Legislature’s shared priorities, are properly addressed in this budget.

“This plan includes funding for Pure Michigan, the Going Pro Talent Fund, Michigan Reconnect and other initiatives that have shown their successes in the past. Michigan has struggled to find talent for a decade, and the government’s response to COVID-19 only exasperated the problem. Businesses didn’t close their own doors and employees didn’t lay themselves off. It’s time to invest in our people and get our economy booming.

“My top priority remains attracting and creating jobs, finding people to fill those jobs and building vibrant communities so people can set down their roots and call Michigan home. There are a number of measures in this budget that will help make that a reality for many people.

“The bills also outline funding for special projects that will benefit folks all over my district. Included are several bridge repair projects as well as upgrades to the Saginaw Valley State University campus that will provide more resources for student success.

“The budget I supported was a true cooperative effort between the Senate, House and administration. It focuses on funding meaningful programs and top state priorities while setting money away into the state’s rainy-day fund.

“Now that the budget is done, we can shift our focus to other efforts, like continuing to grow our economy and repairing the state’s infrastructure — both above and below ground. We’re working hard to put 2020 behind us, and we can’t take our foot off the gas now.”