Legislature sends FY 2020 budget to governor

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curt VanderWall 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.

“This is a responsible state budget with record funding and no tax increase,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “The budget increases funding by $400 million to help improve local roads and bridges, and it does so without the governor’s proposed $2.5 billion tax hike on Michigan families.”

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.

Under that bill, schools would also 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 school budget we sent the governor is not only an historic increase, it is also realistic and fiscally responsible,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “I look forward to the governor signing that bill and the entire fiscal year 2020 budget.”

The budget bills given final legislative approval on Tuesday would invest $120 million in drinking water protections, increase funding to local governments, 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.

The 2020 budget plan also includes funding to train new state police troopers and corrections officers, language requiring state departments to work together to ensure veterans receive their benefits, increased funding to local governments and measures to assist farmers and Michigan’s agriculture industry.

The budget bills now head to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for final consideration.