Rep Howell hails House budget approval

first_img Categories: Howell News,News 03May Rep. Howell hails House budget approval State Rep. Gary Howell voted on Tuesday for approval of the House version of the state budget, which includes record funding for K-12 education and funds the state at a level below that recommended by the governor.Howell, of North Branch, voted in favor of the budget for the new fiscal year, a conservative blueprint that invests in the state’s future.“I am pleased that we are providing K-12 schools the most money they have ever had, including additional funding for at-risk students,” Rep. Howell said. “We also are opening more opportunities for skilled trades training, which will help fill high-demand jobs in the state.“Additionally, our budget is restrained to the point that our proposal is below the amount recommended by Gov. Snyder,” Howell said. “We have trimmed inefficiencies and government waste to save taxpayer money.”Highlights of the budget include:Allocating the highest funding in state history for K-12 schools with a proposed $14.3 billion; improving access to skilled trades training through career and technical education.Making life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives.Increasing funding for public safety by adding 100 more Michigan State Police troopers.Making health care more effective and efficient, with an enhanced focus on improving mental health care.Paying down retiree debt and adding to state government’s main savings account for tough times, pushing that emergency fund above $1 billion.The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.last_img

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