McMillin applauds decision to pause Common Core funding in state budget

Lawmaker pleased citizens will have input on issue State Rep. Tom McMillin today praised a decision today that places a pause on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Education conference report approved today prevents any funding for implementation of Common Core and Smarter Balanced testing. “I…

Pscholka statement on Education Omnibus Bill

State Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, today made the following statement about the House today approving the Education Omnibus Bill: “We found a responsible way to increase funding for all of our universities, community colleges, and K-12 schools. Our education budget is over $15 billion, with increases…

Outman votes for balanced budget that keeps spending under control

Schools, road upkeep receive increases State Rep. Rick Outman today voted in favor of a balanced state budget that keeps state spending below the rate of inflation. At the same time it pumps additional money into Michigan classrooms and increases funding for road and bridge repairs. “Once again we have delivered a balanced state budget…

Jacobsen votes $440m increase in school funding and $351m for roads

State Rep. Brad Jacobsen today showed his support for a budget that ensures strong funding for education. Under the budget, road funding will also see a $351 million increase. For the third year in a row, the state will see a balanced budget four months ahead of schedule. Education spending will be a large part…

House approves more funding for roads, schools, local governments

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. Greg MacMaster announced. “This responsible budget plan will help improve Michigan’s economy, educate local students and help…

Kesto works with area school officials to boost state funding

Lawmaker votes in favor of FY14 budgets State Rep. Klint Kesto today voted in favor of state budget plans that increase spending for schools, universities and community colleges and put away more money in the Rainy Day Fund. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, said he met with Walled Lakes School Superintendent Kenneth Gutman and Oakland County Schools…

Rep. Graves applauds passage of priority-based state budget

Lawmaker: Increased efficiencies, more money for schools, public safety and roads State Rep. Joe Graves today voted for a balanced state budget that puts emphasis on public safety, education, and rebuilding Michigan’s roads and bridges. The House today approved House Bills 4228 and 4328 to fund public schools and state government departments. Graves noted that…

Heise votes for budget with more funding for schools and roads

State Rep. Kurt Heise today voted to approve a budget plan that includes significant increases for schools and roads. The Michigan House today approved a budget that adds an additional $350 million to improve roads, more than $440 million for schools and an additional $75 million to the Budget Surplus Fund. “This budget is an…

House approves budget with more than $350 million to improve roads

The Michigan House today approved a responsible budget that includes an additional $350 million to improve roads and bridges without increasing taxes or fees, state Rep. Dan Lauwers announced. House Bill 4328, one of two state budget bills, includes $351 million in additional funding for roads and infrastructure.  A projected $1.2 billion is needed to…

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

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…

Michigan House approves funding for new veterans affairs agency

The Michigan House this afternoon approved a state budget that includes an additional $8.6 million to create a state veterans affairs agency to better assist Michigan veterans, state Rep. Nancy Jenkins announced. Jenkins, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs, spoke today on the House floor about the special funding, which…