State Rep. Scott VanSingel recently voted for passage of the state budget, which includes record funding for K-12 education and prioritizes funding for road and bridge projects.
VanSingel, of Grant, voted to approve the budget for the new fiscal year, a conservative plan that invests in the state’s future.
“We are being fiscally conservative, and the increase in this budget is well below the rate of inflation,” said VanSingel, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. “We were diligent in trimming the budget, with a large portion of the increase going to roads and schools which is where the voters have told us to prioritize spending.
“We are funding K-12 education at levels never before seen in Michigan’s history, increasing spending on every student in every school district by $100, and our local districts will see even more due to increases in at-risk funding,” VanSingel said. “We also prioritize spending from the Department of Transportation’s administrative side to actual road projects. Local governments will also receive additional funding that can be used for transportation projects.”
Highlights of the budget include:
- Allocating the highest funding in state history for K-12 schools with a proposed $14.3 billion; improving access skilled trades training through career and technical education.
- Making life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives.
- Increasing funding for public safety by adding 100 more Michigan State Police troopers.
- Making health care more effective and efficient, with an enhanced focus on improving mental health care.
- Paying down school retiree debt and adding to state government’s main savings account for tough times, pushing that emergency fund above $1 billion.
The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.