LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, issued the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder presented his Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal Wednesday at a joint hearing of the Senate and House Appropriations committees:
“It pleases me that the governor’s proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget maintains previous years’ fiscally responsible approach to governing our state, while at the same time making smart investments in important areas like education, public safety, and paying down debt. I will also strongly advocate for continued investment in our state’s tourism initiatives and the Pure Michigan campaign, which are vitally important to northern Michigan communities.
“Of note, I appreciate the proposed increase in K-12 funding by $75 per pupil and the focus on improving third grade reading performance, which is an important indicator of students’ future academic success. I also think it is wise to invest in skilled trades training programs, which provide excellent educational opportunities for students and prepare them for highly skilled, well-paying jobs that are in high demand.
“Today’s presentation was a good starting point, and I look forward to working with the governor and my legislative colleagues as we begin the budgeting process and continue our work to fix Michigan.”