Balanced 2013 state budget signed

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LANSING—A Fiscal Year 2013 budget that increases support for education and public safety and strengthens the state’s finances by reducing long-term debts was signed by the governor on Tuesday, said Sen. Darwin Booher, who attended the bill signing.

“Once again the state has a structurally balanced budget in place before July that supports key priorities and ensures our government lives within its means,” said Booher, R-Evart. “Most importantly, this budget continues our efforts to create a positive climate for creating jobs. We are already seeing the results in lower unemployment and an improving economy, which is the best solution to meeting our long-term challenges and enhancing support for vital services.”

Public Act 200 of 2012 contains 13 budgets for 15 principle state departments and the Judiciary and Legislative branches. It includes an additional $44 million for the Michigan State Police; $140 million to bring the state’s rainy day fund balance to $500 million; and additional dollars for revenue sharing, transportation infrastructure and reducing debts.

PA 201 of 2012 is an education omnibus budget for K-12 education, state universities and community colleges that includes 3-percent increases for universities and community colleges and an additional $200 million for schools.

“With this budget, we strengthen Michigan’s finances, save taxpayers billions of dollars by paying down our long-term debts, and increase our support of all levels of education,” Booher said. “This responsible budget plan holds spending under inflation and enhances state government accountability while providing critical services and educating our children. Equally important, it will help prepare our kids for successful careers and continue to improve our economy and create jobs so they can stay here in Michigan to live and raise a family.”

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Editor’s Note: A print-quality photograph of Booher at the governor’s bill signing is available by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorDarwinBooher.com. Click on the Photowire tab.

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