John Engler, the former three-term governor of Michigan and current president of the Business Roundtable, calls the House Republican budget proposal a "courageous exercise" and says it has "intriguing ideas" regarding tax and entitlement reforms.
"I think the budget itself is a...courageous exercise," Engler told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. He went on to praise House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan's efforts to address runaway entitlement spending, calling it "pretty responsible."
"My question is, who is Ryan negotiating with?" Engler added, noting that he wants to see an alternative from the Democrats in order to foster a debate about tax reform and entitlement spending.
Engler has been president of the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs and business leaders, since 2010.