House approves budget with more funding for roads, schools, local governments

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The Michigan House today approved a budget plan that includes an additional $350 million to improve roads and bridges, almost a half-billion for schools and extra money for local governments to ensure proper services to taxpayers, state Rep. Tim Kelly announced.

“We’ve approved a responsible budget plan that will help improve our economy, educate local students and make more efficient use of hard-earned taxpayer dollars,” said Kelly, R-Saginaw Township.  “The House also has finished the state budget months ahead of schedule for the third year in a row, giving local schools and communities time to set their budgets.”

House Bill 4328, one of two state budget bills, includes $351 million in additional funding for roads and infrastructure.

“We need better roads and bridges to help improve our overall economy, and this budget proposal is a huge leap forward to make that happen,” Kelly said.  “The fact that we were able to provide this funding without increasing taxes and fees is another plus for the people of Michigan.”

Kelly said the state’s K-12 system will see an increase of more than $443 million, even falling enrollment.  The school funding includes $40 million more for early childhood education.

HB 4328 and HB 4228, the other budget measure, now go to the Senate for consideration.