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Reaction to the Governor's budget proposal

Michigan State Capitol Building
Michigan State Capitol Building

LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Reaction to the Governor’s Budget Proposal has been swift and varied and not always predictable.   It would put $250 million into roads and $120 million into the state’s rainy day fund.  It also contributes more to education, and would give tax relief to poor and moderate residents by restoring the Homestead Tax Credit.

Democrats say it doesn’t go nearly far enough to restore the damage done to those programs by the first four years of the Snyder administration. House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel calls the proposal to boost public education 2.8% a drop in the bucket. 80% of that money would go into the education pension fund, not into the classroom, resulting in an increase for classrooms of just over half a percent.  Critics say that won’t even keep up with inflation.

Gilda Jacobs at the League for Public Policy says the Governor’s proposal to increase funding for pre-school programs is a good thing.

The goal is to have the budget completed by late May or early June.