State Rep. Carter on budgets that fail to fix roads, schools:
June 20, 2019
LANSING - Yesterday, the House of Representatives finished passing the collection of bills comprising the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget, including general government. Despite House Democrats introducing a number of amendments, House Republicans ultimately rejected them, resulting in budgets that fail to adequately fund road repairs, schools, or the infrastructure upgrades needed to ensure Michiganders have access to clean water. In response, state Rep. Tyrone Carter (D-Detroit), who introduced an amendment to restore adequate funding for the Office of the Attorney General, issued the following statement:
"There are few offices more critical to protecting Michigan families than the Office of the Attorney General. From fighting child abuse and sexual assault to combating human trafficking and the opioid epidemic, the Attorney General plays a vital role in making our state a safer place for all. But to cripple that office by slashing their budget sends the message that our state is soft on crime. It is critical as the budget process moves forward that we correct this misstep and ensure the AG's office has the funding they need to do the job they're meant to do and to keep Michiganders safe."