Sen. MacDonald votes for balanced 2020 state budget

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Tuesday voted to send the governor a balanced fiscal year 2020 budget that increases investments in key priorities without the governor’s $2.5 billion tax increase.

“Throughout the budget process, I have always kept in mind the people of Macomb County and our entire state,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “I am proud that we have delivered a responsible and balanced budget on time that invests in our roads, supports our schools, protects our communities, makes our government more efficient and helps build a brighter future for all Macomb County families — all without raising taxes.”

Senate Bill 149 would invest $5.4 billion in transportation in FY 2020, an increase of more than $2 billion since FY 2010.

Last week, the Legislature finalized the school budget. House Bill 4242 would invest more than $15.2 billion in K-12 education, a boost of over $2.2 billion in school funding since FY 2011.

“Among the top issues facing our state are the need to fix our aging roads and ensure every student is prepared for success,” MacDonald said. “This budget substantially increases our investments in both areas. Schools will see a boost of nearly $400 million and $400 million more in funding will go into improving local roads and bridges.

“The Legislature has done its job, and I hope the governor will put the people first and sign this budget, which uses existing resources to increase funding for roads, schools and water protection to record levels.”

The budget bills given final legislative approval on Tuesday would invest $120 million in drinking water protections, increase funding to local governments, train more state troopers and corrections officers, assist efforts to respond to public health hazards, and fund programs that support rural hospitals and help improve access to OB-GYN services in rural areas.

Under HB 4242, schools would see a foundation allowance boost of between $120 and $240 per pupil, $522 million invested to help at-risk students, a $21.5 million increase in career and technical education funding, and a $60 million increase for special education.

The budget bills will be presented to the governor this week. The bills are SBs 134, 137-139, 141, 144, 147 and 149 and HBs 4229, 4231, 4232, 4236, 4238, 4239, 4241 and 4242.