Senate finalizes K-12 budget; enacts MBT surcharge relief
LANSING — Senate Republicans Thursday reached an agreement on the FY 2009-2010 School Aid budget that included significant savings and budget reforms to help phase-out the Michigan Business Tax surcharge to give needed relief to job providers.
In response, Sen. Mark C. Jansen, R-Gaines Township, issued the following statement:
“Senate Republicans have balanced the state budget, returned $100 million to our schools and provided desperately needed tax relief to Michigan’s job providers impacted by the MBT surcharge.
“Education remains a top priority for Senate Republicans. We worked hard to find savings and tax reforms to lessen the cut to schools to 2.3 percent, which is roughly a $165 per-pupil reduction. The cut may not be easy, but it is the fiscally responsible decision.
“While we fully realize the depth of the current cuts, we are constitutionally required to present a balanced budget and there is simply no additional revenue available at this time. For the many letters I received protesting an all-cuts budget, I also received letters asking me to do whatever is necessary to save jobs. I am sincerely trying to balance the needs of the entire 28th Senate District.”
Posted: Friday, October 09, 2009
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