Stamas comments on Senate finalizing K-12 budget

Budget for local revenue sharing also completed

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, issued the following statement on Wednesday after the Senate finalized fiscal year 2022 state spending plans for K-12 schools and revenue sharing for local governments:

“We are providing our teachers and students with an historic level of funding to ensure our children get the education they need after more than a year of facing unprecedented challenges.

“While we have provided record levels of state funding to our schools for several years, this game-changing K-12 budget includes a $683 million boost to bring every Michigan school’s foundation allowance up to at least $8,700 per student — finally achieving Proposal A’s goal of closing the gap between the highest and lowest funded school districts.”

“The budget also provides $362 million for equalization payments, $155 million for reading scholarships, and a more than $168 million boost for preschools.

“We are prioritizing our schools and local governments, whose fiscal years start on July 1. We will continue to work with the House and the governor to finalize the remaining state budgets this summer.

“In non-educational spending, we’re increasing funding for local governments by over $25 million, providing grants to counties for secondary road patrols, increasing support for our child care providers, providing disaster assistance and using $260 million in federal resources to support nursing facilities and hospitals facing losses due to the pandemic.”

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Photo caption: Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, urges senators to approve fiscal year 2022 state spending plans for K-12 schools and revenue sharing for local governments on Wednesday.