Tuesday, December 15, 2009


December 8, 2009

State Rep. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, today introduced legislation to close the taxpayer-funded office of the governor's spouse.

"At a time when our school districts are facing severe budget cuts, it's frankly unconscionable that the state is still funding an office and staff for the governor's spouse," said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. "When the budget is in shambles, pencils and paper always trumps pomp and circumstance."

Jones' office attempted to find out how many state employees are assigned to The Office of the First Gentleman, but the office was not forthcoming with the information. It is also difficult to measure how many taxpayer dollars are used for the office because it is housed under the governor's office.

"My constituents are angry," Jones said. "Many tough cuts are being made in the state and yet the spouse of the governor has staff funded by their tax dollars. Whether we have a first gentleman or first lady this type of waste must stop. We don't need a ceremonial office; we need more money for our schools. Daniel Mulhern should set an example and end this practice."

1 comment:

Sarah Holmes said...

Thank you Jack for who you are and what you are doing in Michigan. I love your Core Principles Blog. You are what I would call a true statesman- a true public servant that would be commended by our forefathers if they were alive to see the shambles we are in. I wish our representative up here in Grand Traverse County were are sharp as you.
You have my support- Thank you!
Sarah Holmes
Williamsburg, MI