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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder made his annual budget presentation today. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:

 

“The small increases proposed in this budget don’t make up for the last seven years of missed opportunities and underfunding of our schools, roads and communities. This is a welcome first step in the right direction, but until we commit to fully addressing our state budget crisis, we are failing...

Thursday, January 18, 2018

LANSING — The House passed Senate Bill 574 today, which will allow charter schools to siphon off regional school millage dollars approved by voters. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:

 

“When voters decide to pay more taxes on their houses to support local schools, they do so because they support neighborhood schools and they want their kids to get a great education. They don’t do that because...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

LANSING — The School Finance Research Collaborative issued a report today that says Michigan school districts are underfunded by about $1,290 to $1,990 per pupil, depending on the needs of children and existing funding in a given school district. The report calls for a base per-pupil funding of $9,590, which is 26.2 percent more than the minimum state per-pupil funding. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:

 

“Our...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

LANSING — House and Senate Republicans unveiled a plan today to adjust the state income tax in order to offset the Trump tax increase, including increasing the state personal exemption to $4,800 and — in the House Republican plan — introducing a $100 senior tax credit to all taxpayers over the age of 62. The plans do not address other issues with the tax bill, including new federal incentives to send jobs overseas. In...

Friday, January 12, 2018

LANSING — The Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference signaled anemic growth is anticipated in the General Fund and School Aid Fund in the coming fiscal year. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:

 

“The Consensus Revenue Estimating Committee figures show that it is  time to reinvest in Michigan, but we have to do it wisely. Too many families in our state are still struggling to get ahead, which is...

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