Muxlow: 2014 budget means more money for classrooms, municipalities

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Governor signs spending plan for coming fiscal year

State Rep. Paul Muxlow today applauded Gov. Rick Snyder’s signing of the 2014 state budget, which Muxlow says will bring more money to municipalities through revenue sharing increases and to classrooms through boosts in per-pupil spending.

Snyder signed the omnibus budget and school aid budget today.

“By making government more efficient and effective, we were able to increase spending in our classrooms through the school aid fund,” said Muxlow, R-Brown City. “Per-pupil funding has gone up $60 per student in our schools. We were able to increase K-12 spending overall by $443.7 million, which is a very good investment in our state’s future.”

He added that the higher education and community college budgets also received an increase of $31.9 million. Muxlow is chair of the House Community Colleges Appropriations Subcommittee.

Muxlow said counties, cities and villages will see more in their budgets because of the boost in revenue sharing.

“We added $46.6 million to revenue sharing, enabling municipalities to bolster their budgets with more state funding,” Muxlow said. “We are prioritizing spending so hard-working taxpayers can get the best return on their investment, and increasing revenue sharing puts that money in local hands.”

In addition, the House approved other key spending increases in the general fund budget, including:

  • $351 million to improve Michigan roads and infrastructure;
  • $75 million for the state’s Rainy Day Fund; and
  • $20 million in individual tax relief.

 

“This budget continues to eliminate wasteful spending, making government more efficient and accountable to the people,” Muxlow said. “We were able to use those savings to prioritize more funding for schools, roads, local governments, and public safety.”

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