State Rep. Pamela Hornberger joined her colleagues Tuesday in passage of the state budget, which includes record funding for K-12 education and a 2.2 percent reduction for the general state budget.
Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, voted to approve the budget for the new fiscal year, a conservative blueprint that invests in the state’s future.
“As a former teacher, I truly appreciate the fact that this budget proposes spending more on K-12 education than ever before in Michigan’s history. Our budget will provide an additional $100 for each student directly to each district,” said Hornberger.
“The budget also has additional funding for career and technical education, supporting students who train for in-demand well-paying skilled trades careers jobs. Our budget paints a bright picture for the education of all Michigan students.”
Highlights of the budget include:
- Allocating the highest funding in state history for K-12 schools with a proposed $14.3 billion; improving access skilled trades training through career and technical education.
- Making life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives.
- Increasing funding for public safety by adding 100 more Michigan State Police troopers.
- Making health care more effective and efficient, with an enhanced focus on improving mental health care.
- Paying down retiree debt and adding to state government’s main savings account for tough times, pushing that emergency fund above $1 billion.
The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.