Meekhof comments on passage of FY ‘19 budget

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING— Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, issued the following statement today regarding passage of the fiscal year ‘19 budget:

“Senate Republicans have worked with our counterparts in the House and the Administration to create a budget plan for Michigan that reflects the priorities of taxpayers.

This budget includes an influx of more than $1 billion for roads and infrastructure over the course of the next year.  Our roads, bridges and infrastructure are critical to the vitality of our state and our economy.

School funding has increased by nearly $2 billion over the course of the past several years and this budget is no exception.  Our local schools will see the largest per pupil funding increase in years with up to an additional $240 per student.  We also made available $25 million for school safety grants and created the School Mental Health and Support Services Fund to help address student needs and concerns.

Other priorities include funding for Michigan State Police to train 155 new officers; money to research and combat Chronic Wasting Disease; $25 million for environmental clean-up efforts; and, paying down pension debt and obligations.

My colleagues and I worked hard to pass a responsible spending plan for Michigan.  Citizens entrust us to spend their tax dollars, wisely.  I am proud to endorse a budget that is focused on taxpayer priorities.”

Meekhof comments on failure to adopt marijuana

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING— Senate Majority Leader Arlan B. Meekhof, R-West Olive, issued the following statement regarding lack of legislative action on Initiative Petition #1:

“I have been a vocal advocate for adopting and amending the petition to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan.  The petition was orchestrated by a well-funded group that chose to bring the question of legalized marijuana before the legislature via the citizens’ initiative process. This was not a question of whether or not to support legalized marijuana.  Adoption of this petition was a choice to fulfill our obligations as leaders in our communities and control the impact of recreational marijuana on our state.  The choice to adopt and amend was the most responsible way to ensure local control for our communities and safety for our citizens and the Senate Republican Majority was prepared to act.  Despite significant efforts to communicate the benefits of ‘adopt and amend’ to our counterparts, support did not materialize in the House.  I am disappointed by this missed opportunity.”