To The Point: Rep. Pscholka on the budget

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — On this episode of “To The Point,” we continue talking about Michigan’s budget.

Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, chairs the House Appropriations Committee and talked about the process of passing the budget.

“The question I get in my district and I know other members get is, ‘Why can’t you clowns in Lansing find 2 percent out of a $52 billion budget and find a billion dollars for roads?’ The short answer is that we don’t have $52 billion to spend willy-nilly,” Pscholka said.

He went on to say that because so much of the money that comes into the state is earmarked or restricted, the amount of money available for discretionary spending is only about $6 billion.

He also talked about how the legislature is making up for the shortfall in the 2015 budget.

Watch the full interview above on this March 1, 2015 episode of “To The Point.”

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