PRIORITIES MICHIGAN SHINES LIGHT ON A DECADE OF DISINVESTMENT
Priorities Michigan, a new civic engagement and education project aimed at changing the conversation around the state budget and promoting needed investment in public goods, was launched on January 13th. The statewide project will utilize traditional and new media, supported by place-based organizing, to highlight the effects of over a decade of devastating budget cuts to schools, communities, higher education, infrastructure and human services.
Elected leaders in Lansing are making the wrong budget choices. Michiganders were promised that corporate tax giveaways would create good-paying jobs, but there was no accountability and no evidence of job creation. Failed tax cuts were paid for by defunding our schools and communities – handing the bill for these cuts to middle class families and seniors. Michigan needs to chart a new course toward shared prosperity. Investing in strong communities, public safety, infrastructure and high-quality schools will lead to a better future for all.
“To attract new businesses and create jobs, Michigan must invest in building strong communities and world-class schools,” said Priorities Michigan Director Nathan Triplett. “By educating Michiganders about the state budget and helping them put a face on the bad budget choices being made in Lansing, Priorities Michigan will help put Michigan back on the road to prosperity with a state budget that serves our communities and our people.”