Senator John J. Gleason (D-Flushing) fired back at Governor Rick Snyders budget proposal on Thursday and the devastating cuts it makes to education, public safety, and vital state services for families and seniors that hurt our economy and our people. While Snyders budget included $1.8 billion in corporate tax breaks for businesses, it will actually raise taxes on a lot of working families and retirees.
While the Governor has been calling for shared sacrifice, his budget is heavy on the sacrifice and light on the sharing, said Sen. Gleason. We cant mortgage our future by cutting education, from Kindergarten classes to colleges, slashing local funding for public safety, and hurting the seniors who have worked their whole lives and are getting by on a fixed income.
Governor Snyders budget proposal stands to hurt our economy and our way of life by:
-Cutting $470 per pupil from education funding for K-12 schools. -Slashing $222 million (15%) from higher education funding for colleges and universities. -Cutting ALL statutory revenue sharing for cities, villages and townships that communities use to fund police officers and fire fighters in our neighborhoods. State revenue sharing payments to counties will also be cut by $51.8 million. -Raising taxes on ALL public and private pensions that retirees and seniors receive. -Eliminating the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit, which helps working families who are struggling to get by. Last year, 42,487 residents filed for the Michigan EITC in Genesee County, returning $18,350,792 back to our local economy. -Laying off 300 Department of Human Services field workers who manage our child welfare, foster care and other social welfare programs. The average caseworker already handles more than 700 cases, more than double the number in 2002.
I dont know who Governor Snyder has been talking to, because hes cutting just about everything the people we reached out to have asked us to protect, Gleason said. He is calling for cuts from nearly every single constituency in the state, except businesses, giving workers pink slips while business owners get golden tickets.
The Senate Democrats started a social media campaign this week to ask the residents of Michigan to submit 48 questions within 48 hours that they wanted the Governor to answer during his presentation. The hundreds of responses received indicated a desire to ensure that this budget did not impact the ability of our children to get the education they need to compete for the jobs of tomorrow, preserve our quality of life, and keep Michigan safe and healthy.