LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kim LaSata issued the following statement on Monday after legislative leaders and the governor announced they would table discussions on a roads plan until after the fiscal year 2020 budget is approved:
“I applaud the decision by Senate Majority Leader Shirkey, House Speaker Chatfield and the governor to prioritize passing a balanced budget before working on a comprehensive plan to fund a fix for our state’s roads. I have long-supported this idea of working on a roads plan separately from the state budget — doing so will benefit both by allowing all parties to better focus on each.
“As lawmakers, we owe it to Michiganders, local governments, and schools to provide them with a smart, balanced budget that is on schedule and that prioritizes the things they care about and rely on most. I look forward to approving the next fiscal year budget soon and I’m confident it will continue our commitment of investing in those priorities, like our children’s education and protecting the state’s natural resources, including and especially our drinking water supply.”