The Michigan House this week passed its state budget plan, which lays the groundwork necessary to build a long-term road funding plan while increasing record funding to Michigan schools without raising taxes, state Rep. Ann Bollin, of Brighton Township, announced today.
The budget plan was passed with Bollin’s support.
“The House came together– combing through state spending department-by-department and line-by-line—to do the responsible accounting it takes to reduce waste and inefficiency while sending record funding to roads and schools,” said Bollin. “This is a fiscally responsible budget and responsive to the needs of Michigan families. By streamlining our budgets and reducing inefficiencies, we are able to meet more of the priorities that matter most to Michigan families, from schools and roads to environmental protection and workforce development.”
Under the proposed budget the current 6% sales tax at the pump would be used exclusively for roads, ensuring that every tax dollar paid at the pump will go to fix Michigan roads and bridges. In addition, the House proposal streamlines and enhances the funding available for K-12 schools by removing higher education line items.
Overall, the plan raises the state’s minimum per-pupil foundation allowance $180 per student for all Livingston County schools. This comes on top of the largest annual per-student increase of the past 15 years while continuing to close the gap between the state’s lowest- and highest-funded districts. Early literacy and career training are special focuses as the overall school aid fund would surpass $15 billion.
The budget plan also continues investment in state programs and services crucial to protecting our environment and drinking water.
Bollin is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and has been working on the budget for the last six months. Bollin has been engaged in developing budget proposals for the state’s agriculture, higher education, general government and transportation needs.