Proos: Finalized 2019 budget builds on success

Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos on Tuesday supported a finalized fiscal year 2019 state budget that increases investments in key priorities, including educating Michigan students and improving the roads.

“This budget builds on our success to energize our economy and help create jobs while keeping our communities and ensuring every Michigan student gets an education that prepares them for success,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “An education is critical to success, and I am proud to support another increased investment in our kids. This balanced budget once again increases funding for our schools to record levels. Every school in Michigan will receive an increase in funding — with most schools seeing the largest per-pupil increase in 17 years.”

The education budget invests nearly $14.8 billion in K-12 education, which includes a foundation allowance increase of between $120 and $240 per pupil and a $1.3 billion contribution into the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) to control costs, reduce debt and meet the needs of current retired teachers.

“The state of our roads remains a top priority in Southwest Michigan, and this budget dedicates an extra $330 million into fixing the roads,” Proos said. “This will bring our total new investment in our roads to $2.4 billion since 2017.”

Proos said that the budget also builds on the success of the recent criminal justice reforms.

“We continue to work to solve the difficult challenge of preparing our prison population for a productive return to society and not a return to crime,” Proos said. “The result of our reforms has been reduced recidivism and prison costs as well as safer communities and better outcomes.

“With this budget, we will continue to focus on a more vibrant Michigan, provide vital services and live within our means.”

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Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos are available at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/Audio.