Rep. Ann Bollin of Brighton Township said funding for Michigan schools and local governments will be protected under a bipartisan budget deal reached this week between leaders in the Legislature and Gov. Whitmer’s administration.
“While significant challenges remain, I am pleased to say this agreement protects funding for our students, and for the local governments all Michigan families rely upon for important public services,” said Bollin, who is a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “These are the priorities I continue to fight for because I know they are shared by residents of Livingston County and our entire state.
“Our students and teachers must be allowed to continue their important work that the future of our state depends on. Our local governments must be able to continue supporting their communities – as a former township clerk, I know how important these services are to daily life in Michigan.”
The agreement awaiting approval in the Legislature uses a mix of savings and already available federal COVID-19 relief funds to provide certainty to schools and local governments and ensure they can deal with additional costs in the current fiscal year.
The overall agreement commits $512 million in already available federal relief money to schools, and $200 million to universities and community colleges. The plan commits $150 million to local governments – in addition to the relief funds already appropriated by the Legislature.
A total of $350 million will be drawn from the state’s rainy day fund to help address budget shortfalls. The plan also includes savings and cuts – such as $490 million through state hiring and discretionary spending freezes, layoffs and other actions within state government.
“Although our work is far from over, this is positive step for the current budget year,” Bollin said.