State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, released the following statement after the governor’s second State of the State address on Wednesday:
“While I am more than happy to work with the governor on a realistic road funding solution, paying for it on our credit card is not the answer.
“Road improvement bonds will be detrimental to our children’s futures and they won’t be paving our roads in rural Michigan. As a parent of three young girls, I’m disappointed by the governor’s decision to saddle our children with that debt. We’ve been lamenting the bonding of the Engler and Granholm administrations for years now, so why would we enlist this terrible idea again? It was bad then and it will be bad now and into the future.
“I urge the governor to work with us to find real solutions that fund all of the roads in Michigan. If we use bonds now, someone years from now will surely ask in frustration about what on earth we were thinking.”
Rep. Aaron Miller today voted in favor of funding to help Michigan distribute the COVID-19 vaccine and boost testing while helping those whose livelihoods have been disrupted by the virus and economic shutdowns.
Rep. Miller, the Chair of the House Appropriations School Aid Subcommittee, speaks on the House floor Wednesday afternoon, prior to final passage of the state’s $15.5 billion budget for the state’s 2020-2021 school year. Rep. Miller says the budget, which passed with bipartisan support, is about protecting funding.
“Requiring masks for competing athletes across the board is senseless. I would like to know what data the governor believes supports the notion that masks are necessary in athletics, especially to protect those competing in sports where athletes are already physically distanced from one another, such as golf, tennis, or cross country.