LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Michele Hoitenga, R-Manton, on Wednesday released the following statement concerning Michigan’s economic outlook after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2024 State of the State address:
“Gov. Whitmer likes to use the phrase bipartisanship, but that has been nonexistent here in Michigan over the past year. Of the 342 projects in the state’s most recent budget, nearly 90% of the money was sent to areas controlled by Democrats.While the governor hands out our hard-earned tax dollars to her corporate donors, the state’s infrastructure and small businesses continue to crumble.
“Michigan ranks among the worst states for unemployment, transparency, and median income. Salary increases are wiped out by inflation and jobs are being threatened, especially in Northern Michigan as Democrats’ radical policies — packed with harmful mandates — become law. Our state continues to struggle for population growth while our friends, families, and neighbors move away in search of more welcoming opportunities.
“The state of our state could be significantly better, and the people of Michigan deserve more from their elected leaders in Lansing. I will continue fighting against any policies that will harm the people of the 36th District and the great state of Michigan.”