LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher joined Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and state lawmakers as Gov. Rick Snyder signed an education budget on Tuesday that boosts investment in all levels of education by more than $660 million.
“This education budget is part of a balanced plan that invests in key priorities while ensuring the state continues to live within its means,” said Booher, R-Evart. “With this budget, we have increased state support of K-12 education by $1.3 billion since I was elected in 2010, while the federal government has cut funding to our schools by $370 million.”
House Bill 5314, now Public Act 196 of 2014, is an education omnibus budget for K-12 education, state universities and community colleges.
“The education budget increases funding for K-12 education by roughly $550 million more than last year,” Booher said. “Closing the funding gap between school districts has been a high priority of mine. By reducing this gap through ensuring lower funded schools will see a $175 per pupil increase in the foundation allowance – more than three times larger than the highest funded districts – this is a great budget for northern Michigan schools.”
PA 196 includes an additional $65 million for early childhood education and enhances support to state universities and community colleges by $86 million and $29 million respectively.
Editor’s Note – A print-quality photograph of Booher at the bill signing is available by visiting the senator’s website at www.SenatorDarwinBooher.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.