To The Point: Hildenbrand, Dillon on budget

LASING, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan’s budgets for the 2016 fiscal year are done. How did that process work?

Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, said he had several goals going into the budget process. One of them was “to try to make the process as transparent and as public-friendly as possible.”

“We as legislators and the executive office, we do this every day. It’s our job. And we use a lot of abbreviations and acronyms and it’s very technical at times, and so we’ve tried to make this and I’ve tried to make this a priority to make it as open and transparent as possible through the process,” he continued.

Rep. Brandon Dillon, D-Grand Rapids, didn’t like everything in the budget, but he did find one bright spot: “The school budget. ”

“I thought it was something I could support,” he said. “There was a significant increase in at-risk funding — which I have been pushing for for the four years I’ve been here — which will disproportionately help our urban and rural school districts that have kids in poverty. I thought on that alone it was a budget I could support. It may not have been the budget that I would write, but I’m not here to make the perfect the enemy of the good, so when I see something good I’ll support it.”

Hear more from Sen. Hildenbrand and Rep. Dillon about the budget above on this June 28, 2015 episode of “To The Point.”

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