Rep Whiteford Budget is a fiscally sound blueprint

first_img Categories: News,Whiteford News 27Apr Rep. Whiteford: Budget is a fiscally sound blueprint State Rep. Mary Whiteford today voted for passage of the state budget, joining her colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee in approving the spending plan and sending it to the full House for consideration.Whiteford, of Casco Township, who serves as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Environmental Quality, said the Appropriations Committee focused on sensible spending to help save taxpayer money.“Residents of Allegan County sent me to Lansing to ensure that their tax dollars are being spent wisely while prioritizing important programs,” Whiteford said. “We have developed a fiscally sound state budget that proposes spending 2.2 percent less in the general state budget than the current budget.”Highlights of the bill include:Helping make life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives. Revenue sharing payments to local governments will rise by $12.4 million under the plan, more money than in the past five years.Michigan’s K-12 public schools would get record funding at $14.3 billion, with a priority on keeping more money in the classroom to benefit students. School districts across the state would get $100 more per student at each grade level, equating to a $143 million increase.Funding for career and technical training would increase through competitive grants for equipment upgrades and for intermediate school districts to hire counselors. The programs are designed to help prepare Michigan students for jobs of the future.Training 100 state police troopers, making our communities safer for residents and job creators.Building a better economic future by paying down school retiree debt and adding to the state’s main savings account for tough times, pushing the emergency fund above $1 billion.Continuing to tighten our belt by eliminating waste and inefficiency in state government while adding transparency.#####last_img read more