6/13/18 – Lawmakers OK new state budget

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A $57 billion spending plan that boosts base K-12 funding and road construction has been approved by the Michigan Legislature.

The budget, which takes effect in October, also closes a state prison, earmarks $100 million for Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to link students with in-demand jobs and sets aside money to better secure some schools from shooters.

The House and Senate passed the two main bills Tuesday, on what is expected to be Republican-led Legislature’s last session day before a summer break.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Hildenbrand says spending is down in the general omnibus budget because as the economy grows, social welfare caseloads are declining. While GOP lawmakers tout record spending on K-12 schools, Democrats say the education budget falls short in adequately funding schools, especially underperforming ones.