Legislature sends FY 2020 budget to governor

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas on Tuesday voted to send the governor a balanced fiscal year 2020 budget that increases investments in key priorities while living within the state’s means.

“We owe it to the people of Michigan to deliver a responsible state budget on time that will help improve our state for families, workers and job creators. That’s what we’re doing,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “This budget funds vital services while increasing funding for roads, schools and water protection to record levels — without depending on a massive $2.5 billion tax hike on Michigan families.”

Senate Bill 149 would invest $5.4 billion in transportation in FY 2020, an increase of more than $2 billion since FY 2010.

Last week, the Legislature finalized the school budget. House Bill 4242 would invest more than $15.2 billion in K-12 education, a boost of over $2.2 billion in school funding since FY 2011.

“We need to invest more in our schools and our roads, and this budget increases school support by nearly $400 million and boosts funding by $400 million to help improve local roads and bridges,” Stamas said. “Discussions will continue with the governor on how to fund our roads over the long term, but today we fulfilled our responsibility to the people of Michigan and enacted a balanced budget on time — using resources we currently have.

“As road funding talks continue, I respectfully request the governor to sign this smart budget and keep Michigan open for businesses.”

The budget bills given final legislative approval on Tuesday would invest $120 million in drinking water protections, increase funding to local governments, train more state troopers and corrections officers, assist efforts to respond to public health hazards, and fund programs that support rural hospitals and help improve access to OB-GYN services in rural areas.

Under HB 4242, schools would see a foundation allowance boost of between $120 and $240 per pupil, $522 million invested to help at-risk students, a $21.5 million increase in career and technical education funding, and a $60 million increase for special education.

The budget bills will be presented to the governor this week. The bills are SBs 134, 137-139, 141, 144, 147 and 149 and HBs 4229, 4231, 4232, 4236, 4238, 4239, 4241 and 4242.

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