State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, today applauded House and Senate approval of an education budget that increases spending for K-12, community colleges and universities. Roads and public safety will also see increased funding in the House-passed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
For the third year in a row, the state will see a balanced budget months ahead of schedule. Education spending is one of the largest portions of the budget and will focus on investing in early childhood development programs.
“By trimming millions in unnecessary spending, state government is able to provide more spending on education,” Price said. “I am proud to have supported a budget that invests in a brighter future and makes Michigan a great place to raise a family.”
The budget gives schools a 3.4 percent increase in spending, more than $400 million over last year. Universities and community colleges are also included in the budget and will see $32 million more in spending.
“With the economy on its way up, it’s important to stay responsible with taxpayer dollars,” Price said. “I am happy that education is a top priority. Investing in early childhood programs is a great way to turn around Michigan.”