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The budget process should be bipartisan

Last week, appropriation bills in the House and Senate were passed out of each chamber in preparation to pass a new budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Senate Republicans proposed more than 170 amendments to these bills—amendments that would increase funding for law enforcement, roads and infrastructure, safer schools, and much more. Every single amendment was shot down on a party-line basis. Instead of reading scholarships for struggling children, Democrats voted to spend tens of millions on electric school buses. Instead of tax relief from inflation, Democrats voted to spend even more on taxpayer-funded handouts to multinational corporations. Instead of working together to benefit everyone in our state, Democrats toed the party line and ignored the elected voices representing millions in Michigan.

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