State Rep. Scott VanSingel today cast his vote to approve the House Appropriation Committee’s budget plan, sending it to the full House for consideration.
VanSingel, of Grant, said the fiscally responsible budget provides growth that is below the rate of inflation, while increasing education spending and boosting Michigan’s transportation system.
“We are spending more money in K-12 education than ever before in Michigan’s history,” VanSingel said. “We’re increasing spending on every Michigan student and being more inclusive in what we perceive as at-risk kids.”
He also praised increased funding for roads and bridges.
“Our transportation system is in dire need of repairs, and this budget reprioritizes money used for non-essential administrative costs to jobs that smooth out our roads and strengthen our bridges, making them safe for Michigan families and job creators.”
Highlights of the bill include:
- Helping make life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives. Revenue sharing payments to local governments will rise by $12.4 million under the plan, more money than in the past five years.
- Michigan’s K-12 public schools would get record funding at $14.3 billion, with a priority on keeping more money in the classroom to benefit students. School districts across the state would get $100 more per student at each grade level, equating to a $143 million increase.
- Funding for career and technical training would increase through competitive grants for equipment upgrades and for intermediate school districts to hire counselors. The programs are designed to help prepare Michigan students for jobs of the future.
- Training 100 state police troopers, making our communities safer for residents and job creators.
- Building a better economic future by paying down school retiree debt and adding to the state’s main savings account for tough times, pushing the emergency fund above $1 billion.
- Continuing to tighten our belt by eliminating waste and inefficiency in state government.
- Our goal is to spend less state money in the next budget year than we are today, and we achieved that with a 2.2 percent reduction in the general state budget.