Rep. Calley votes for balanced, responsible budget

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Plan focuses on education, skilled trades and roads


State Rep. Julie Calley today voted for a fiscally responsible state budget that puts emphasis on education and fixing Michigan’s roads.

Rep. Calley, of Portland, said one of her key priorities for the spending blueprint was more funding for schools that will go directly into the classroom.

“We are funding K-12 education at record levels, and the per-student increase ranges between $120 and $240,” Rep. Calley said. “All of the schools in the communities I serve will see the maximum increase, which will further bridge the funding gap that has existed for years between rural and urban school districts.”

Rep. Calley said not all students plan to attend college, and the 2018-19 budget includes increased funding for skilled trades training.

“This budget puts a new emphasis on workforce development, giving high school students a chance to learn a trade and begin a career,” Rep. Calley said. “There currently is a high demand for those who choose to work in commercial or technical fields, and the programs we fund in this budget will enable them to acquire the tools needed for these careers.”

Rep. Calley said fixing Michigan’s roads and bridges continues to be a high priority, and this budget invests record levels of funding to fix the transportation system.

“I use the same roads as you do, and I know how difficult it can be to navigate some of our worst roads,” Rep. Calley said. “The roads took decades to reach their current condition, and we won’t be able to fix them overnight. But we are on the right path.”

House Bill 5579 and Senate Bill 848 advance to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.