Schools Want Share Of State’s Surplus

LANSING (WWJ) – Public school districts in Michigan say they want a share of that $429 million surplus expected to fill Lansing’s coffers. It’s the result of more state tax revenue than first estimated.

WWJ’s Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports the problem for Gov. Rick Snyder is that this is sort of counter to his idea of paring back and reinventing Michigan.

When you’ve got excess money in the coffers that lawmakers like to spend, that sort of goes against the grain of what he wants to do. But, here’s the bottom line, according to Tim: there is a surplus of $429 million. The governor’s budget guy, Mr. Nixon, says hang on folks; we don’t have that much of a surplus to spend, but there will be some.

At the head of the line asking for some of the surplus money: the schools. They’ve been taking one cut after another for year after year and they’re saying now that there is this surplus, please give it to us to buy down that cut per pupil number. Tim says he has been given indications privately that the governor has agreed to do that, the dollar amount isn’t known.

This reported decision is contrary to some conservative Republicans, who would like to take that surplus money and put it into the rainy day fund.

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Comments

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  1. angryshortguy says:

    I’ve got a better idea.
    There’s a cross section at Livernois and Avon that is falling into the river and is down to one lane each way.
    How about fixing that so people can go to work and pay taxes?

  2. Jim says:

    Of course they do! It’s that type of whining that got the state in deep doo-doo to begin with. You have it, I want it, and then when you don’t have it, I want it anyway.

  3. Dew0530 says:

    OK, we all know that education in our State and most of the US pretty much sucks rocks, and MAYBE more tax-sourced money would help, BUT I have to ask the irritating question once again: where the HE** do the so-called profits of millions of dollars from the lotteries go? Isn’t all of that money supposed to go directly to our schools? If this is true, then the schools should be rolling in dough, and the money certainly could be better spent elsewhere.

  4. jg48386 says:

    The surplus is PROJECTED. It’s not money in the bank to gleefully spend. Doing that is why every level of government in this state is broke.

  5. jack says:

    I agree 100% Dew 0530 : I saw the commercials for the mich lottery saying the schools have recieved 700 million last year for schools , what a bunch of lies…

    1. Rick says:

      That’s not the fault of the schools. You think the Lottery, which wants you to spend money you can’t afford, is going to tell the truth? Besides, there are some districts that are so underfunded it’s scary. Years of cuts have taken out quality programs and teachers from districts (such as ours in Wyandotte) that have spent exceptionally wisely with limited funding. No, don’t spend it like drunken sailors on leave, but don’t take money from the school budget and say, ‘Hey, we’ve got a surplus!’

    2. Rick says:

      That’s not the fault of the schools. You think the Lottery, which wants you to spend money you really can’t afford, is going to tell the truth?

      Besides, there are some districts that are so underfunded it’s scary. Years of cuts have taken out quality programs and teachers from districts (such as ours in Wyandotte) that have spent exceptionally wisely with limited funding. No, don’t spend it like drunken sailors on leave, but don’t take money from the school budget and say, ‘Hey, we’ve got a surplus!’

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