LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Floor Leader Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, issued the following statement on Wednesday, after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address:
“Gov. Whitmer’s desire to provide Michigan residents some tax relief is a welcome development. I am ready and willing to talk about cutting taxes for all senior retirement income sources equally and about lowering taxes across the board for all Michiganders.
“The past two years have been particularly difficult on Michiganders and a lot of the difficulty has come at the hands of the Whitmer administration. Mandates and shutdowns put workers out of jobs and students out of school. Legislative attempts to remedy problems have been met with over 100 vetoes. Unfortunately, we are still grappling with the effects, with people leaving the workforce and kids falling behind academically and dealing with mental health issues. Coupled with historic inflation, too many Michigan families are having to stretch their budgets in ways they’ve never had to, all the while their state government is raking in money hand over fist.
“I have every confidence in the people of our great state to make their own decisions about what is best for their families and businesses. My commitment is to continue the fight to enact policies and pass budgets that respect taxpayers and improve their lives. We should lower taxes and refund some of the state’s budget surplus to the people. We should address energy distribution problems to ensure people can afford and get what they need. We have to get serious about transforming K-12 education and put students first with strong parental involvement. And, we must address infrastructure in critical condition, including roads, bridges, dams and water systems throughout the state.
“Actions speak louder than words, and I am hopeful Gov. Whitmer not only meant what she said but follows through in working together to make our state a better place to live and work.”