State Budget Proposal Unveiled by Governor Snyder

Governor Snyder unveiled his proposed budget this morning in Lansing, hoping to address several big issues facing our state.

The Governor devoted a large amount of time talking about his plan to financially address the Flint water crisis and the troubled Detroit Public Schools.

Governor Rick Snyder began his budget proposal by addressing the Flint water crisis asking for 195 million dollars to help the city.

 “I think it is important to understand the city of Flint has been damaged and has been a challenged community for quite some time. So there’s much more work that needs to be done in the neighborhood,” said Snyder.  

Then he asked that 72 million dollars per year for the next ten years be used to help the struggling Detroit Public Schools. That money will come from Michigan’s tobacco settlement, not the school aid fund.

“As I look at this issue, I don’t just see a $500 million investment, I don’t see a $200 million investment, I see the potential for it to stop the pipeline to prison,” said Rep. Harvey Santana.

“This is an urgent need. Detroit Public Schools are failing both financially and academically and they have been for a long time. We’re not getting the outcome these students deserve,” said Snyder.

The Governor also asked for more money to train new corrections officers, more investment in infrastructure and in health care. All things Snyder says will help people in Northern Michigan.

“Our investment in public safety is very important. I think things like the family independence program to provide a bigger clothing allowance, healthy kids dental, there are a number of things,” said Snyder.  

While some lawmakers feel the funding is simply not enough, those from up North like what they see. 

“We certainly aren’t looking at cuts, which always when you go into the budget you worry about because of the Flint issues and Detroit Public Schools issues but it’s not happening,” said Sen. Darwin Booher.

Lawmakers hope to pass a final state budget by June.