LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, issued the following statement Tuesday after the Senate approved several subcommittee budgets, including the Labor and Economic Opportunity budget, which he is responsible for:
“Many of our shared priorities are properly addressed in this budget. It includes funding for Pure Michigan, the Going Pro Talent Fund, Michigan Reconnect and many other programs that will help deal with Michigan’s workforce shortage and provide a much-needed boost to industries across the state.
“The committee has also held discussions about repairing and updating the disastrous mismanagement of unemployment insurance benefits over the last year, leading to millions of dollars lost to fraud. Countless Michiganders are still facing issues and waiting for benefits they are entitled to. This needs to take center stage, starting immediately.
“As chair of both the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on LEO/MEDC and the Economic and Small Business Development Committee, I am interested in policy and budget discussions with the department. Following departmental testimony over the past two months, it became clear that a wall has been created between the administration and the Legislature. Throughout previous administrations, the Legislature has worked closely with various departments to improve efficiency and clarity. We know that this can be done, and the folks who sent us to Lansing deserve it.
“We were very cautious in reviewing this budget. The cuts we made encourage the department to work with the Legislature, the body driven by the consent of the people. My door is open to all department heads who wish to begin these discussions. Let us resolve our differences with a partnership that Michiganders truly deserve and expect.”