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Sen. MacDonald supports balanced 2020 budget plan

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald this week supported Senate passage of a fiscal year 2020 budget plan that increases funding for roads and schools without raising taxes by $2.5 billion on Michigan families.

“While Michigan has come a long way in recent years, we still face challenges — chief among them being the need to fix our aging roads and ensure every student is prepared for a successful career,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “The Senate budget plan increases education and road funding to record levels without raising taxes, continues our economic recovery, provides vital services and builds a brighter future for all Macomb County families.”

Senate Bill 146 would invest $15.2 billion in education, an increase of nearly $400 million over the current year and a boost of more than $2.6 billion in state funding for schools since FY 2011.

Under the bill, Michigan schools would see a foundation allowance boost of between $135 and $270 per pupil — which is $107 million more of a foundation allowance increase than the governor’s plan.

The Senate-passed budget includes an additional $51.2 million for constitutional revenue sharing for local governments, graduates 85 new state police troopers, invests $120 million for drinking water protections and fully implements $1.2 billion from the 2015 roads plan a year ahead of schedule — investing an additional $132 million entirely to local roads.

“As we work to complete a balanced budget on time, we must keep in mind the Michigan people. They deserve a budget that supports their schools, fixes their roads, protects their communities, makes their government more efficient and attracts new businesses and jobs to our state — all without asking them for more in taxes,” MacDonald said.

SBs 133-149 now head to the House of Representatives for consideration