The Michigan House of Representatives today approved a new state budget that includes record funding for local schools and increased funding for local communities and public services. Speaker of the House Jason Wentworth took part in negotiations with the governor and the state Senate and voted in favor of the proposal.
“Passing this budget is a big step in getting Michigan back to normal and helping our friends, family and neighbors get their lives back on track,” said Wentworth. “This plan helps workers get back on the job. It helps kids get back in the classroom, and it helps restart critical government services that had been put on hold over the past year. This is the budget Michigan families have been asking us to deliver.”
Highlights of the new budget plan include the following:
- Record funding for K-12 schools, up to $16.7 billion statewide
- Eliminating the funding gap between highly-funded and lower-funded school districts
- Opening up 22,000 new spots for early childhood education programs
- Investing more than a half-billion dollars in debt in the teacher retirement system, protecting pensions for teachers for decades to come
- A 2% increase for local government parks, road repairs, police & fire services, and more
- Increased funding for public safety
- Increased funding for dam safety and necessary repairs
“The people of Michigan have been through a lot this past year, and now they need a state government that can provide the services they need to get back to normal as soon as possible,” said Wentworth. “This plan gives the people we serve the best schools we can provide, the best public safety we’ve ever had, and access to the state services they’ve been looking for. This is the plan Michigan families deserve.”
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