Appropriations vice chair takes part in ceremony
State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today took part in a ceremony at the Kent Intermediate School District Career Technical Center in Grand Rapids where a responsible, fiscally conservative budget for the coming fiscal year was signed into law.
VerHeulen, of Walker, said he is pleased the budgeting process went smoothly and is signed months ahead of the constitutional deadline for the spending blueprint. He also lauded the plan for spending a record amount of money on both K-12 education and fixing the state’s crumbling transportation system.
“We worked hard to iron out differences in the House and Senate budgets and have again completed our work four months ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline. This enables local governments and school districts to plan their budgets knowing exactly how much state funds they will receive,” VerHeulen said. “We are getting more money than ever before into K-12 classrooms, and investing in fixing our roads and bridges.”
VerHeulen said the budget prioritizes what Michiganders have said are their priorities.
“We are paying down millions of dollars in debt so it will not be passed on to our children and grandchildren,” VerHeulen said. “We are increasing funding for commercial and technical training to fill the in-demand jobs and give people a brighter, more secure future. The budget for the upcoming year shrinks the size of state government and spends less money than in the current budget.”
Other highlights of the state budget signed today include:
- Protecting families by adding 150 state troopers to patrol our communities.
- Continuing to put money aside in an emergency fund to see us through future hard times.
- Adding millions of dollars more than the current year to local communities, which will enable them to continue offering vital police, fire and medical services to families in their neighborhoods.
- Overall growth in spending does not exceed the rate of inflation. Just like families across Michigan, the Legislature is tightening the state’s belt by cutting inefficient programs and eliminating waste in state government.