LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, issued the following statement Tuesday outlining his priorities for the new legislative session:
“As we move into 2021, we need to continue working to keep Michiganders safe but also focus on other priorities that will help strengthen the state’s economy and help workers and businesses that are struggling get back on track.
“Families across my district and across the state are hurting and they deserve peace of mind about their futures and livelihoods. People have expressed loud and clear they want one thing: the ability and freedom to make a living and care for their families.
“We need to allow businesses to once again open their doors without the fear of what the next day may bring. Businesses need consistency and deserve more than to be led on simply being told there’s hope at the end of the tunnel as their savings dwindle.
“Looking forward, my colleagues and I are focusing our efforts on protecting Michiganders from COVID-19; protecting the livelihoods of Michigan families; supporting targeted relief for businesses trying to get back on their feet; and restoring balance to state government to give people confidence that they have a voice in Lansing.
“It is also vital that we pass a responsible budget plan that not only tucks money away for emergencies like the one we’re currently facing, but efficiently utilizes federal money where it can be most effective. It is important to remember that while January’s revenues were looking good, that positive outlook is largely based on one-time, federal money and we need to be very careful moving forward with any state spending.
“Although we’re still facing many of the challenges from 2020, I am confident we can move forward and achieve positive results for Michigan families.”