Jackson County schools receiving top per-student allowance
State Rep. Julie Alexander on Tuesday voted to approve the budget for the coming fiscal year, moving a fiscally conservative budget that addresses key issues that are important to hard-working taxpayers.
Alexander, of Hanover, said the new spending blueprint improves Michigan’s economic outlook and gives students more avenues to jobs after they graduate.
“We are funding our K-12 schools at the highest level in the state’s history, and the increase in per-student funding is the greatest in 15 years,” said Alexander, a former teacher. “Every school district in Jackson County will see the maximum $240 increase for each student, helping to eliminate the funding gap that still exists between smaller school districts and larger, more urban districts. This is a continuation of our commitment to education and investment in the future of our children.”
The budget also increases funding for skilled trades instruction, so students who do not plan to go to college can obtain the tools they need to succeed in the workforce.
“We are adding $100 million for more young people to learn the skills necessary to fill one of the high-paying skilled trades jobs available throughout Michigan,” Alexander said.
More money is being invested in roads in a continued investment in fixing the transportation system.
“I drive the same potholed and crumbling roads that everyone does, and I get it. I share your frustration, but this problem was not created overnight and it cannot be fixed overnight,” Alexander said. “More help is on the way in this budget and we are on the right path moving forward.”
The House plan for the budget year beginning Oct. 1 focuses on:
- Savings for taxpayers. While investing more in top priorities, overall the state is spending less in the next budget year than during the current year.
- School safety. The plan dedicates roughly $60 million to upgrading school security in buildings across Michigan. The OK2SAY confidential tip reporting program will be expanded.
- Campus safety. Universities will be held accountable to better protect students. This plan includes provisions to raise standards for handling sexual assault complaints at universities.
- Smart financial planning. The new budget pays down debt and puts more money into the state’s main savings account, key steps that will continue to reduce the burden on Michigan’s hard-working taxpayers in the future.
House Bill 5579 and Senate Bill 848 advance to the governor for his consideration.