Zorn comments on state budget deficit

LANSING, Mich. — After state fiscal and economic leaders on Friday at the annual May Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference projected significant reductions in state revenues of $3.2 billion in the current 2020 fiscal year and $3 billion in FY 2021, Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, issued the following statement:

“Although the impact on our budget from the coronavirus and the governor’s one-size-fits-all response was expected, seeing it officially on paper is still alarming. We have many tough decisions to make to solve this budget crisis and not much time to make them, especially for the current budget year.

“For the future of our children and our state, we must make protecting education funding our focus, and I am committed to doing everything I can to ensure any potential cuts to education are as limited as possible.

“The size and scope of this budget problem is yet another example of why it’s important for us to allow more of our economy to restart and allow more Michigan workers to return to their jobs as long as proper safety precautions are in place.”