LANSING-During his recent State of the State Address, Gov. Rick Snyder publicly called for a federal balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the United States Constitution and applauded the leadership of Thumb area state Senator Mike Green on the issue.
“If we balance our budget at home, we balance our budget at work, why can’t the federal government balance theirs?” Snyder stated following enthusiastic cheers and applause.
Green, R – Mayville, introduced Senate Joint Resolution V last year to officially petition Congress to call a convention of the states to propose a federal balanced budget amendment. The measure was passed by the Michigan Senate in November and has been referred to the House.
Twenty states have already approved the petition with 34 needed for it to be binding on Congress. Any amendment proposed by the convention would still have to be ratified by at least 38 states for it to take effect.
“Thank you for your hard work and I know you’re going to help lead that balanced budget amendment!” Snyder said in recognizing Green during the speech.
In addition to authoring the petition, Green represented Michigan at the Mount Vernon Assembly, a gathering at George Washington’s home that included nearly 100 state legislators from across the nation. The Assembly is drafting rules for the convention that would discuss the balanced budget amendment.
“The federal government should follow Michigan’s example and balance its budget,” Green said after the speech. “I’m proud to be leading Michigan’s fight for the balanced budget amendment and excited to have Governor Snyder’s support.”
On Tuesday, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette endorsed Green for re-election to the Michigan Senate, citing his leadership on the amendment, the state budget, agriculture, crime victims’ rights and the Second Amendment.
“Mike Green is an outstanding Senator for the 31st district. I look forward to working with him to build a safer Michigan with more jobs and more paychecks for our hardworking families,” Schuette commented in endorsing Green.
“It is an honor to have the endorsement of a hard-working and well-respected attorney general like Bill Schuette,” commented Green, the current 31st District senator seeking re-election to represent Bay, Lapeer and Tuscola counties.
A former farmer, Green chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees for the Departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Quality. His work on agriculture issues as a legislator has been recognized by the Michigan Farm Bureau, Agri-Business Association, FFA and others.
Green introduced legislation signed into law last year making fundamental improvements to Michigan’s crime victims’ rights law. He is widely recognized as the strongest champion of the Second Amendment in the Legislature, having sponsored Michigan’s “shall issue” concealed pistol license law and subsequent reforms. He currently serves as chairman of the Senate Second Amendment Caucus and the Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners named Green their legislator of the year in 2013.
He resides in Mayville with wife of 44 years, Paula. They have five adult children and 20 grandchildren.