Stamas: Budget builds on commitment to education, public safety and economic growth

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Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday finalized a Fiscal Year 2017 budget plan that increases support for education and public safety while also strengthening the state’s finances, said Sen. Jim Stamas.

“I am proud to support a balanced budget that increases support for all levels of education, continues our efforts to create a positive climate for creating jobs and meets our challenges,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “With this budget, we are building on our commitment to education, putting more state troopers on the road and helping attract job creators and tourists to Michigan.

“Every school will see increased investment with this budget, and we are helping direct more dollars into the classroom by investing more than $1 billion to reduce legacy costs.”

Senate Bill 801 is the education budget for K-12 education, state universities and community colleges, totaling $16.1 billion. The bill includes increases for universities and community colleges, an additional $261 million for K-12 schools, and a total of $1 billion to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS).

House Bill 5294 contains budgets for state departments and the Judiciary and Legislative branches. It puts more resources into local revenue sharing and public safety, adds $5.3 million to increase the Skilled Trades Training Fund to $30.9 million, and provides additional funds to assist homeless veterans and support a Veterans Home Ombudsman. It also invests $1 million more into the Pure Michigan campaign.

“This budget continues to build on our positive record of results,” Stamas said. “We’ve increased state funding on education to record levels and energized our economy — which has created more than 461,000 private sector jobs.”

The bills now head to the governor to be signed. The FY 2017 budget takes effect on Oct. 1.