LANSING (WWJ) – Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to present his latest budget proposal for the coming fiscal year before Lansing lawmakers on Thursday, with education as a top priority.
“The proposal will ask for between a 2.8 percent to 3 percent increase in funding in the K-12 budget but it will come with strings attached. Best practices will have to be abducted by the schools in order to get this additional revenue which comes to hefty $323 million additional dollars,” said WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick.
According to Skubick, the governor will also increase the rainy day fund of $100, to $150 million, taking part of the state’s surplus and putting that money into a fund as a long-term growth and a guard against the rainy day’s that Michigan has a history of going through.
Plymouth-Canton Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jeremy Hughes said that in his nearly 25 years in public education, last year’s $1 billion cut to school districts was “the most severe” he’d ever seen.
“The way things have been going in the past, I would just be happy to get the same amount of state aid next year that we received last year,” Hughes told WWJ. “Just don’t cut us anymore.”
Snyder is expected to detail his plan Thursday at 11 a.m. Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBSDetroit.com for the latest.