Gov. Snyder signs spending blueprint in ceremony
State Rep. Laura Cox, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today participated in a ceremony at the Kent Intermediate School District’s Career Technical Center as Gov. Rick Snyder signed the 2017-18 state budget.
Cox, of Livonia, said the location for the signing was chosen because of the importance the budget places on career and technical training.
“We are putting special emphasis on skilled trades training through career and technical education so we can fill the in-demand jobs available in Michigan,” Cox said. “Our commitment to skilled-trades education increases by one-third in this spending blueprint
Cox said she is pleased the fiscally conservative budget was signed months in advance of the constitutional deadline, and includes more money than ever before for K-12, and a record amount of funding to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.
“We worked hard over several months to craft a spending plan that puts an exclamation point on areas important to Michigan families,” Cox said. “We are putting more money in the classroom, where it helps our children the most. We are investing in better roads and bridges so families can travel safely across the state, and so our economy can continue to grow.”
Cox also praised the Appropriations Committee for reducing debt and shrinking government so more money can go to services and programs that serve the state’s most vulnerable citizens.
“The budget spends less taxpayer money than the current budget, and the overall spending in the budget is below the rate of inflation,” Cox said. “Our plan pays down millions of dollars in debt, helping relieve our liability and opening the door for a more secure financial future.”
Other key elements of the state budget signed today include:
- Protecting families by adding 150 state troopers to patrol our communities.
- Continuing to put money aside in an emergency fund to see us through future hard times.
- Adding millions of dollars more than the current year to local communities, which will enable them to continue offering vital police, fire and medical services to families in their neighborhoods.