State Rep. Tom Kunse recently opposed advancing budget plans that bloat state government in record fashion while offering little to meet critical needs.
Kunse criticized the proposals, which commit nearly $82 billion for the upcoming fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, for a lack of support for rural communities compared to other parts of the state. He also expressed frustration in the lack of funding for local roads, bridges, water lines and other critical infrastructure. Overall, less than one-sixth of the state Department of Transportation budget will actually go toward fixing roads.
Kunse outlined examples of wasteful spending within the plans, including $50 million for an unlisted, undeclared project in the greater Detroit area and $500 million that can be authorized for corporate giveaways through the state’s Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve with little to no legislative oversight.
“There are very few practical solutions for hard-working taxpayers in this budget,” said Kunse, of Clare. “I speak with folks in my community every day who want their local roads fixed and their communities to be safe. This budget doesn’t do enough to address the needs of my constituents and my district, despite spending abundantly.”
In addition, the budget would create more than 1,000 new bureaucratic jobs – positions that will be difficult to eliminate in future years if funds aren’t available. Some of these positions will actively burden taxpayers – impacting small businesses via new inspectors and increased fees.
Annual adjusted gross appropriations have increased by over $30 billion from where they were a decade prior. Kunse said the spending is unsustainable.
“I cannot in good faith support a budget that grows government with an unsustainable spending plan while failing to address some of the biggest concerns of Michigan families,” Kunse said.
The budget, contained in House Bill 4437 and Senate Bill 173, now heads to the governor for consideration.
“State Representative Tom Kunse, of Clare, is the minority vice chair of the Ethics and Oversight Committee and the lead sponsor of financial transparency bills. Rep. Pauline Wendzel, of Bainbridge Township, serves as the minority vice chair of the Energy Committee.”
State Rep. Tom Kunse, R-Clare, today invited residents to attend his upcoming office hours in Clare and Baldwin. Local office hours are an opportunity for residents to share their thoughts, questions, or concerns. No appointments are necessary to attend. In October, Kunse will be available from Friday, Oct. 13, from 9 to 10 a.m. at […]