LANSING—State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, chairman of the Senate Economic and International Investment Committee, issued the following statement Wednesday after listening to Gov. Rick Snyder’s fiscal year 2016 state budget presentation.
“I am pleased that the governor’s budget plan continues to be fiscally responsible while also maintaining investments to increase support for the key priorities of educating our students, addressing our infrastructure needs and keeping our communities safe.
“One of the top factors that could foster Michigan’s economic growth is filling the skilled trade gap. As manufacturers and builders create jobs, we need to be able to fill those jobs. Governor Snyder has pointed out for four years that one of our top priorities needs to be making sure our young people are trained for the great opportunities that are available in skilled trades.
“I was thrilled to again hear the governor echo these recommendations. With an $83 million total recommended investment for skilled-trade-related programs, we hope to see more funding for technical training, student outreach and resources to get people placed into skilled jobs.
“As the governor also mentioned in his State of the State address, we must do more to protect the safety of our citizens. I could not agree more, which is why I am pleased Governor Snyder called for funding to train an additional 75 Michigan state troopers as well as an additional ten motor-carrier officers. Paired with the requested infrastructure updates, we can make public safety departments across Michigan more efficient and effective.
“Michigan has made great strides over the past few years and one of the many reasons for that is a sound budget process where many tough choices have been made. We need to continue using a ‘kitchen table’ style process to ensure we are paying our bills, managing our expenses responsibly, saving where we can and making wise investments to make our state stronger.”