LANSING, Mich. — The state Legislature on Tuesday approved two bills that will fund the state of Michigan for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
“For eight years now, the Legislature has approved a balanced budget ahead of schedule,” said Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville. “The negotiations were tough and I don’t support every item in the budget, but my colleagues and I worked hard, put our differences aside and came up with a product that invests in our state’s key needs, saves money for a rainy day and will benefit Michigan’s hardworking taxpayers.”
The School Aid (K-12) budget invests $14.8 billion into Michigan schools, which is the largest investment in the state’s history. Schools will see a foundation allowance increase of between $120 and $240 per pupil. Skilled trades programs will also see $40.9 million to prepare workers for high-demand jobs.
The 2018-2019 budget also increases funding for our state’s aging roads and bridges.
“For years, Michiganders have been saying the state’s crumbling roads and bridges are a priority,” Green said. “My constituents and residents from all over the state have made it clear that we need to do better — and this budget puts us in a position to do so. The appropriations in this budget increase the total new investment in our roads to $2.4 billion since 2017.”
Green said he was also happy to announce funding to attract more agriculture jobs to the state.
“I have always been an avid proponent of Michigan’s agriculture industry,” Green said. “This budget includes a $5 million investment aimed at bringing more food processing plants to the state. Four years ago, I worked to secure funding that brought in a pork processing plant, along with nearly 1,000 jobs to the state of Michigan. It is my hope that we can continue to attract companies in the food processing industry and provide jobs for Michiganders.”
Also included is money to hire more state police troopers, more corrections workers and more conservation officers. The Legislature increased revenue sharing for local governments to spend on their needs, increased funding to further improve sexual assault programs on our state’s campuses and boosted Pure Michigan tourism promotion funding by $1 million.
The budget also invests $58 million in school safety initiatives like OK2SAY that keep our students safe, increases the state’s rainy day fund to $1 billion and invests more than $80 million to protect our great lakes and natural resources.
“One of my biggest priorities as a legislator has been using taxpayer dollars in a fiscally conservative, efficient manner,” Green said. “This budget ensures funding for essential state programs and services, pays down debt, invests in our state’s future and ensures that the state lives within its means like so many hardworking families across the state.”
The fiscal year 2018-2019 budget awaits Gov. Rick Snyder’s approval.