October 1, 2022


Making living better

Reps. Kahle and Lightner, Sen. Zorn help advance 2022-23 budget plans

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ADRIAN — Lenawee County’s state legislators last week supported spending bills that advanced in the House and Senate as the two chambers develop their budget plans for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

The Republican-led Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved a 5% increase in base funding for K-12 schools but pared back Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposals to recruit and retain teachers and did not include her proposed $1 billion fund for school infrastructure projects.

The $17.8 billion school aid bill, which was advanced 20-15 along mostly party lines, sets the stage for broader budget talks with the Democratic governor and the House.

The base per-student grant would rise by $450, to $9,150, under the Senate’s 2022-23 proposal — slightly more than Whitmer’s suggested $435. A $500 million grant program would be created to help combining districts retire some of their debt to avoid raising property taxes. Schools could get $50 more per pupil to address pandemic-related learning loss.

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