State Rep. Roger Hauck today introduced a plan to restore funding for career and technical education equipment after Gov. Whitmer stripped funding for the grants last week.
Hauck, of Union Township, said the bipartisan school budget plan approved by the Legislature included $16 million in grants to help local schools obtain the equipment they need to offer career and technical education programs to students. The governor removed the funding with a line-item veto. Hauck’s legislation, House Bill 5079, would restore it.
“It makes no sense to cut this funding. This is a program that has widespread bipartisan support,” Hauck said. “All of our kids and grandkids deserve a chance at success, but college isn’t the right path for everyone. Offering skilled trades programs in our schools opens the door for more young people to learn the skills they need to build successful careers.”
Hauck’s measure is part of a bipartisan plan to restore funding to 24 programs vetoed by the governor. The plan has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration.