“I was deeply disappointed today to vote against a state budget that represents the wrong priorities for Michigan’s future. The education budget continues painful cuts to public schools, and the general budget makes unnecessary cuts to critical programs. For instance, the House-passed budget does not include a critical program that would ensure that hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents can access much-needed health services. Expanding Medicaid was recommended by the governor and makes good economic sense. It would allow Michigan to access millions through a federal program to keep uninsured families out of emergency rooms as their only source for health care, providing access to preventive medicine. With a plan in place to cover all costs when the full federal subsidy is reduced to 90 percent, there is no reasonable argument against expansion. Frankly, this budget defies logic, slashing valuable areas that offer critical programs and services to all Michiganders.”