To The Point: Reps. VerHeulen and Brinks

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — State lawmakers have accomplished a lot so far this year, but there’s still much to be done.

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker, said this year’s budget process was a smooth one.

“I think it went remarkably well,” he said. “Once again, for the sixth year, we were able to get it done early — first week of June — and it really is significant. It’s not just something for bragging rights. For our local school districts, for local units of government, it’s vital that they know what amount of money, what amount of funding they’re going to receive.”

For Rep. Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids, ongoing concerns about the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans are concerning.

“We heard six hours of testimony on Monday at the veterans home itself. I think there were about 30 veterans or family members who came to speak and there still continue to be problems with the care giving there,” she said. “So I’m a little disheartened with that, so I’m hoping that we’ll finally be in a position where we can see some actual action on this instead of just more reports and more hearings.”

Above, hear more from Reps. Brinks and VerHeulen in this June 19, 2016 episode of “To The Point.”

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