Marleau: Senate’s 2019 budget continues focus on improving Michigan

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Marleau on Thursday supported a Senate budget plan for fiscal year 2019 that increases support for key priorities, including educating Michigan students, protecting families and continuing the state’s economic recovery.

“This budget reflects a commitment to continued economic growth and wise spending,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “Once again, we are enhancing public health and safety, encouraging economic development, and increasing state funding for schools to record levels.”

Senate Bill 863 is the K-12 education budget. It includes a foundation allowance increase for all schools of between $115 and $230 per pupil, nearly $500 million to help schools educate at-risk students, $5 million for a new career and technical education incentive, and a $1.3 billion deposit into the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS).

The entire state budget plan features $7 million to support rural hospitals, a $10 million boost for local public health departments, $40.9 million for Going Pro skilled trades training to prepare workers for in-demand jobs, and an additional $3.6 million to combat various wildlife diseases like bovine TB and chronic wasting disease.

SBs 850-865 now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.