LANSING, Michigan— Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas led the Senate’s passage this week of a state budget plan for fiscal year 2023 that increases funding for K-12 schools, reduces debt and saves resources to provide tax relief to everyone in Michigan.

“A budget is a statement of priorities — and this budget plan prioritizes educating our children, improving our economy and supporting families struggling with rising costs,” said Stamas, R- Midland. “Senate Budget Plan Increases Funding for K-12 Education by $862 Million, Sets Record Again for K-12 Tutoring, Invests Nearly $2 Billion into local roads and creates a new scholarship program to help community college and university students — while also setting aside $2 billion to provide tax relief for all Michigan families.

“Instead of just increasing the size of state government, we should focus on making government work better for the people of Michigan — and this budget plan will do just that. This is the next step in working with the House and the Governor on enacting a new state budget that improves our state, supports our people, and lives within our means.

Senate Bill 832 would invest $17.9 billion in K-12 education, a total increase of $938 million. After making history last year by closing the per-student base allocation gap between schools, the Senate plan would use $630.5 million to increase the minimum base allocation by an additional $450 to $9,150 per student. The bill includes an additional $70 million specifically to help address learning loss due to governor’s shutdowns related to COVID-19.

SB 842 would provide an increase of nearly $996 million for higher education, including an 11% increase for university operations and $581 million to repay unfunded debt from MPSERS for universities still in the system. retirement.

The plan invests $361 million in a new Michigan Scholarship, which would cover up to $3,000 a year at community college or $6,000 a year at a university. Students could use the scholarship at public or private colleges, community colleges, and qualified private training institutions.

State’s total $74.2 billion budget plan increases support to $55 million for Going Pro program to provide grants to support employee training, provides $40 million for Michigan Reconnect program to help those seeking an associate’s degree or business certificate, invests $41.7 million to improve access to dentists for low-income families, provides $414.5 million to maintain the wage increase for direct care workers instituted last year and is investing nearly $2 billion in local government transportation funding to help repair local roads.

The budget bills also prioritize more revenue sharing for local governments and more resources to train and hire 170 new Michigan State Police troopers and 800 additional prison officers. They are providing a $1 million increase for Secondary Highway Patrol grants that help support emergency response and traffic enforcement on local county roads.

“Every child deserves a loving home, and this budget also includes an 18% increase in the reimbursement rate for families who foster or adopt children in need,” Stamas said.

SB 827-843 is now heading to the House of Representatives for consideration

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Photo caption: Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, presents a Senate budget plan for fiscal year 2023 during Tuesday’s session. The Senate plan focuses on increasing record funding for K-12 schools, reducing debt and saving resources to provide tax relief to everyone in Michigan.