LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jonathan Lindsey, R-Allen, issued the following statement on Thursday after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered the 2023 State of the State address Wednesday evening:
“The governor’s state of the state address was big on rhetoric but not big on reality. It was particularly bizarre to hear her put Indiana and Ohio on notice, claiming people will find more liberty in Michigan. I know thousands of residents of the 17th Senate District who have spent years of the Whitmer administration seeking liberty in Indiana and Ohio thanks to her authoritarian policies.
“I appreciate the governor’s newfound willingness to reduce taxes. Last term, she had more than one chance to approve relief measures to families, seniors, and veterans, and instead chose to veto those efforts. Her partisan vetoes left families behind as Washington overspending continued to drive prices even higher. I’m ready to get to work on meaningful efforts that get government out of people’s pockets.
“While I am willing to work with the governor and my Democratic colleagues, I am not willing to support irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars or policies that erode people’s personal liberties.
“I will support policies that promote individual freedoms, allow businesses and our economy to prosper, and that place families and businesses above political games. We as lawmakers need to focus on real, transparent solutions instead of growing state government.
“We were elected to do a job. Let’s do it.”