Lucido comments on state’s economic forecast

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Peter J. Lucido, R-Shelby Township, issued the following statement on Friday after state economists at the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference indicated Michigan is facing $3.2 billion in lost revenue:

“Today’s economic forecast confirms what we have predicted: The governor’s extreme executive action in response to the coronavirus has devastated our economy and, in turn, the state’s budget. Years of economic growth have been wiped out in less than two months, but it didn’t have to be this way.

“This downturn was engineered by executive action. The Legislature believes the governor overstepped her authority by extending her state of emergency and executive orders, without legislative approval, and that is why the matter is currently before the court.

“The longer the governor continues her go-it-alone approach of picking winners and losers regarding who can and can’t go back to work, the worse things are going to get. Every day that the governor orders businesses to remain closed, the impact on schools, roads, police and fire departments, and other programs and services will only worsen.

“We’re now left to pick up the pieces of this shattered budget. It will be hard and require some tough decisions. But I am committed to doing what I can to help minimize the impact on Macomb families, and I will fight to help get them back to work and on their feet once again.”