A local legislator is lauding the passage of a massive school aid budget that could see the education system get a significant boost statewide without affecting the wallet of Michigan taxpayers.
Sen. Curt VanderWall said the $15.3 billion budget is an increase of more than $424 million from the current spending plan and represents an increase of more than $2 billion since the 2011 fiscal year. If approved by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, per student funding would grow between $120 and $240, with $522 million invested in at-risk students.
“The school budget we sent the governor today is not only an historic increase, it is also realistic and fiscally responsible,” VanderWall said.
The school budget is just one part of the overall budget process for the state. Other bills are expected to be sent to Whitmer next week.