Snyder Asked To Reconsider Education Funding Cuts

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LANSING (WWJ) – There is a call in Lansing for Governor Rick Snyder to reconsider his proposed cut to K through 12 funding. 

The Governor wants to cut per pupil spending by $470 per student.

Republican Senator Howard Walker wants to further reduce that number to $230.

“We’re looking at a small school size of the reimbursements for renaissance zones. we think some of these could be paid for through other sources, like natural resource restricted funds,” Walker said.

Walker thinks the government can make up for the loss by taking money from so-called “categorical grants,” instead of reducing the per pupil spending so sharply.

WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick said Walker is trying to sell this alternative on the school cuts to his colleagues.

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