The Legislature recently finished up work on the state budget, and for the eighth consecutive year, produced a balanced budget months ahead of schedule. My colleagues and I worked diligently to reduce the state budget by 2 percent and use tax payer dollars more efficiently than last year.
The plan features key investments to education, roads, jobs and public safety, including:
- Providing $14.8 billion for K-12 education — the most in our state’s history;
- Investing $58 million in school safety initiatives to keep our children safe;
- Boosting road funding by $330 million, bringing our total added investment in roads and infrastructure to $2.4 billion since 2017;
- Adding funds to train 155 state police troopers to keep our communities safe; and
- Providing nearly $141 million in skilled trades training to prepare workers for in-demand jobs.
The budget also funds initiatives to safeguard our most vulnerable, support our veterans and protect our Great Lakes and natural resources. At the same time, we have continued our commitment to fiscal responsibility and increased the state’s rainy day fund to $1 billion.