LANSING, Mich. — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, issued the following statement on Thursday regarding the status of negotiations on the fiscal year 2022 state budget and the news that the House might pass its own plan:
“My understanding is the House is putting together both a K-12 budget and a General Fund omnibus budget. I’m anxious to see what is in them. Once we get the House plan, we’ll review it, see where the funding is coming from, how much it is, and whether they stayed with the original plan or decided to do something different.
“I’ve always been open and in support of equity funding payments to school districts, and I put $450 million in the budget for the first equity payment. We wanted to look at the entire K-12 budget versus doing the second equity payment as part of a supplemental. I’ve always been supportive of looking at how we balance the difference between Title 1 and the rest of our school districts across the state.
“We’re also waiting to see what happened with the K-12 supplemental funding. We had an agreement, and we’re now waiting for that to be finalized by the House.
“We want to work with the House and the governor’s office on getting this done. The speaker and I have been clear we would like to have a budget finalized by July 1. I’ve committed to look at what is sent to us by the House and see if we can get it done.
“Even if we are unable to get the budget done by July, our schools have already received substantial additional dollars, and both our schools and our local and state governments are still funded through Oct. 1. While there may not be an immediate impact, I understand that our schools and our local communities would like to know what their funding levels will be before they set their budgets.”
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