June 8, 2005
Republicans Slash $200M for Job Creation; Cut Funds for Kids, Seniors
Republican priorities will hurt Michigan
LANSING - House Democrats today denounced Republicans' proposed budget, saying it hurts seniors, slashes health insurance for kids and guts job creation. "Under the Republican budget plan, more Michigan seniors will be forced into nursing homes while fewer children will have access to quality health care," said State Representative Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing). "The Republicans' proposal has the wrong priorities for Michigan's kids, seniors and working families." The Republicans' proposed budget cuts $7.5 million in aid to families caring for seniors; eliminates $98 million in funding for health care for destitute children and their families; removes nearly $38 million for day care services while slashing $646,000 for inspections of adult foster care and day care facilities; and cuts more than $100 million from Governor Jennifer Granholm's jobs creation package. "At a time when our economy is struggling, to cut money for job creation is the height of irresponsibility," said House Democratic Leader Dianne Byrum (D-Onondaga). "We should be investing in Michigan workers and the jobs of the future." Gov. Granholm's proposed budget should be passed instead, Byrum added. "Rather than asking kids and seniors to pay for Michigan's budget deficit, the Governor's proposal responsibly balances the budget by closing tax loopholes," Byrum said. "Her budget will protect our most vulnerable people while creating jobs and moving our state forward."