Rep. Vaupel: State budget prioritizes education funding

Spending plan also boosts smaller school districts State Rep. Hank Vaupel today voted for a state budget that puts emphasis on education, spending a record amount on K-12 schools and helping smaller districts bridge a funding gap that has existed for decades. Vaupel, of Handy Township, said the Legislature has focused on improving education funding,…

Rep. Howrylak, House OK state budget for the coming fiscal year

Notable increases for education, mental health, and transportation   State Rep. Martin Howrylak today voted in support of the state budget, which included increases for Michigan’s K-12 schools, mental health services, road improvements, and the state’s rainy-day fund. Rep. Howrylak, of Troy, said spending on education has steadily increased each year he has served the…

Rep. Hornberger lauds budget’s focus on roads, sewer systems

Added funds could prevent another sinkhole disaster State Rep. Pamela Hornberger today joined her House colleagues in approving a state budget that infuses a record amount of money into fixing and maintaining the state’s transportation and underground utilities systems. Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, said it is vital that the Legislature continue to fund much-needed repairs…

Rep. Canfield: Budget boosts medical care, senior programs

State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., today said House approval of the state budget will benefit communities throughout the state that are underserved by the medical profession. He also applauded increased funding for vital programs for senior citizens. Canfield, of Sebawaing, serves as chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. He…

Rep. Kelly: School budget approved, provides record funding for K-12 students

Spending blueprint invests in Michigan’s future State Rep. Tim Kelly, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid, today praised his House colleagues in passage of the school budget for the coming fiscal year, noting that it invests in the state’s future with a record amount of money for K-12 education. Kelly, of Saginaw…

Rep. Griffin lauds career training, money for roads in state budget

State Rep. Beth Griffin today said House passage of the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year will help fill skilled-trades openings in the workforce, fill potholes, and fund other road and bridge repairs throughout the state. Griffin, of Mattawan, said one of her key priorities was increasing funding for career and technical skills instruction,…

Rep. Howell votes for effective and efficient budget plan

State Rep. Gary Howell today voted for passage of the state budget, a blueprint he said maintains programs and services vital to residents of Lapeer County and provides additional funding for school districts throughout the county. Howell, of North Branch, said he appreciates the hard work that went into drafting a budget four months before…

Rep. Graves votes for budget that increases public safety

State Rep. Joseph Graves today joined his House colleagues in approving a state budget that increases funding for public safety, helping protect families throughout neighborhoods in Michigan. Graves, of Argentine Township, said the budget provides added money for both state and local law enforcement. “We are providing funds to train 150 new Michigan State Police…

Rep. Noble: Budget prioritizes fixing roads and bridges

State Rep. Jeff Noble today joined his House colleagues in voting for a state budget that emphasizes funding to fix and maintain the state’s transportation system. Noble, of Plymouth, said the spending blueprint spends a record amount on roads, bridges and underground water systems that have been crumbling from a decade of underfunding during the…

Rep. Kahle says state budget aids most vulnerable residents

Spending plan also boosts smaller school districts   State Rep. Bronna Kahle today voted for a state budget that increases funding for vital services for senior citizens, one aspect of the spending plan she strongly supported. Kahle, of Adrian, said funding for the Meals on Wheels and the senior in-home services programs were at risk…

Rep. Victory applauds passage of balanced budget

State Rep. Roger Victory today joined his House colleagues in voting for a balanced, fiscally conservative state budget completed months ahead of time that prioritizes repairs and maintenance to the state’s transportation system. Victory, of Hudsonville, said the budget for the coming fiscal year spends fewer state taxpayer dollars than the current budget while at…

Rep. Bellino votes for budget that boosts skilled-trades training

Spending blueprint helps fill in-demand openings   State Rep. Joe Bellino today voted in favor of the state budget, which includes additional funding for career and technical training. Bellino, of Monroe, said the budget is a conservative spending plan that addresses the immediate needs of Michigan residents by funding services, programs and departments vital to…