The Executive Office is the Office of the Governor. The budget provides funding for the governor and his immediate staff, who assist him in executing his constitutional responsibilities as chief executive of the State of Michigan. The Executive Office also includes funding for the lieutenant governor’s office. The lieutenant governor performs gubernatorial functions in the governor’s absence, presides over the Senate, serves on the State Administrative Board and represents the governor at selected local, state and national meetings. The Executive Office also contains the constituent services division, which serves as a resource for the residents of Michigan to communicate their concerns and opinions directly to the governor, and the Office for New Americans, which supports Michigan’s comeback by attracting and retaining highly skilled immigrants. The governor’s proposed budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 recommends total funding of $5.9 million.