The Michigan House of Representatives today approved the budget for fiscal year 2014. House Bill 4328, one of the budget bills, includes a one-time funding increase for a training school for new conservation officers and funding for 35 additional conservation officers. State Rep. Jon Bumstead, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources, believes that additional conservation officers will help to protect Michigan’s natural resources.
“Michigan has a rich heritage because of the many natural resources that can be found in our state,” said Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “By training more conservation officers we can ensure that we have enough people protecting our natural resources for our residents and those who choose to visit Michigan.”
Other highlights from the budget bills include:
- $444 million in additional funding for K-12 education;
- $351 million to improve Michigan roads and infrastructure;
- $75 million for the state’s Rainy Day Fund; and
- $20 million in individual tax relief.
“We are continuing to pass fiscally sound budgets while still providing quality services to all residents of Michigan,” Bumstead said. “By finishing the budget early we are also giving time for local governments and schools to be able to plan accordingly for their budgets.”
HB 4328 and HB 4228, the other budget measure, now go to the Senate for consideration.