Governor signs 2018-2019 state budget into law

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker joined fellow lawmakers in applauding Gov. Rick Snyder as he signed into law legislation that will fund the state of Michigan for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

“My colleagues and I worked hard to reduce the state budget by 2 percent and use taxpayer dollars more efficiently than last year,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “I am happy to have been a part of this collaborative effort on behalf of Michigan taxpayers.”

The School Aid (K-12) budget invests $14.8 billion into Michigan schools, which is the largest investment in the state’s history. Schools will see a foundation allowance increase of between $120 and $240 per pupil. Skilled trades programs will also see $40.9 million to prepare workers for high-demand jobs.

The 2018-2019 budget also increases funding for the state’s aging roads and bridges.

“Our roads and bridges are suffering,” Schuitmaker said. “Poorly maintained roads are not specific to urban areas or rural areas. They are affecting our entire state, regardless of location. The additional appropriations in this budget put us in a position to start making much-needed upgrades to our state’s infrastructure. This budget increases the total new investment in our roads to $2.4 billion since 2017.”

The Legislature also included appropriations to improve public safety for Michiganders. The budget includes money to hire more state police troopers, more corrections workers and more conservation officers; funding to further improve sexual assault programs on our state’s campuses; and $58 million in school safety initiatives like OK2SAY that keep our students safe.

Also included is funding to increase revenue sharing for local governments to spend on their needs; a boost to the state’s rainy day fund, bringing the state’s savings to over $1 billion; and a more than $80 million investment to protect our Great Lakes and natural resources.

“One of my biggest priorities as a legislator has been using taxpayer dollars responsibly,” Schuitmaker said. “This budget funds vital state programs, begins fixing our pothole-ridden roads, increases public safety and focuses on our students. I am happy to have supported this budget and to protect Michigan’s hardworking families.”