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Rep. Vaupel: State budget prioritizes education funding

Spending plan also boosts smaller school districts

State Rep. Hank Vaupel today voted for a state budget that puts emphasis on education, spending a record amount on K-12 schools and helping smaller districts bridge a funding gap that has existed for decades.
Vaupel, of Handy Township, said the Legislature has focused on improving education funding, investing in the future of children in every county in the state.
“We are spending more on K-12 education than ever before in Michigan’s history, focusing on giving children the very best education possible,” Vaupel said. “Our budget increases spending for career and technical education by one-third, giving more people a chance to learn a trade and fill the in-demand jobs across the state. These are good-paying jobs that can help improve the everyday lives of families in Michigan.”
Vaupel said the state budget also prioritizes public safety by adding Michigan State Police troopers to protect communities and increasing funding for local governments to maintain law enforcement officers.
“We are training another 150 State Police troopers who will monitor our roads and our neighborhoods to keep family safe,” Vaupel said. “We’ve also increased funding to local governments so they can maintain vital services for our communities.”
Other aspects of the state budget include:
•    The 2017-18 budget spends less on the state budget next year than was spent during the current year.
•    Overall growth in spending does not exceed the rate of inflation. Just like families across Michigan, the Legislature is tightening the state’s belt by cutting inefficient programs and eliminating waste in state government.
•    The Legislature addresses the need for more road and bridge repair and maintenance by allocating a record amount of money for transportation and water delivery systems.
•    The budget helps make life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives.
•    The plan pays down millions of dollars in debt, helping relieve state liability and opening the door for a more secure financial future.

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