State Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, today announced a new state budget approved by the Michigan House on Wednesday that provides increased funding for K-12 schools, Pure Michigan and local communities and other shared top priorities of Saginaw County families.
Despite the impact COVID-19 and economic shutdowns have had on the state economy, Wakeman noted the plan for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 once again balances the budget. The budget does not grow state government and returns about $35 million to the state’s Rainy Day Fund.
“This bipartisan budget agreement protects and maintains investments in what matters most to Saginaw County families and taxpayers – including students and schools, workforce development initiatives, and local essential services our communities rely on every day,” Wakeman said. “Our state has been through a lot of adversity over the past several months, but people’s needs don’t stop. This budget helps support those needs without increasing taxes or expanding state government.”
The per-student foundation allowance for K-12 schools remains unchanged, but schools will receive an additional one-time payment equal to roughly $65 per student increase, along with other changes to increase the commitment to Michigan’s school aid fund. The school aid fund will surpass $15.5 billion.
Other highlights for the budget year beginning Oct. 1 include:
- Jobs: The Legislature successfully secured more than $28 million in funding for Going Pro, a vital economic development program that provides training to enhance skills and talent of Michigan’s workforce through completive grants to employers.
- Coronavirus Aid: Authorized funds for vital personal protective equipment for frontline workers.
- Disaster relief: The Legislature approved $24 million for relief to communities impacted by flooding and dam failure.
- Pure Michigan: Wakeman played a pivotal role in securing $15 million to support the Pure Michigan advertisement campaign, a vital program that boosts tourism in Saginaw County.
The budget plan – contained in House Bill 5396 and Senate Bill 927 – advances to the governor for her consideration.
State Rep. Rodney Wakeman’s plan bringing clarity and uniformity to the construction industry regarding the installation and maintenance of low-voltage electric fences was recently signed into Michigan law by the governor.
“It was imperative that the Legislature immediately take up certain coronavirus-related measures previously included in executive orders that were nullified due to the Supreme Court ruling,” Wakeman said. “Continuation of unemployment benefits is one of many pieces we had to put back in place before displaced workers lose the help they have already been receiving.”
Our state has been through a lot of adversity over the past several months, but people’s needs don’t stop. Even in these unprecedented and challenging times, I am committed to protecting investments in what matters most to Saginaw County families and residents across Michigan.