LANSING, Mich. – Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) issued the following statement after Governor Rick Snyder presented his final budget to the House and Senate Appropriations committees this morning:

“This budget is an admission of failure on many fronts – particularly education and infrastructure. When Amazon crossed off Michigan as an option for their next headquarters, they said we just don’t have the talent ready for the kind of employees they would need. We didn’t even make the short list. As a teacher, I know that talent isn’t just a buzzword – it’s something that’s created in first-grade classrooms, in high school career tech programs and on college campuses. Michigan is short on talent right now because, for almost a decade, we’ve had an administration that’s failed to put money where it matters and fully fund education or career readiness.

“Despite Republicans patting themselves on the back for ‘fixing the roads’ years ago, Gov. Snyder states the obvious that we need to put more into repairing Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure. It’s seven years late and many dollars short. The governor is throwing pennies at our roads and schools and crossing his fingers that it makes up for his legacy of shortchanging Michiganders.”

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