Highlights of governor's budget

Highlights of Gov. Rick Snyder's $50.9 billion budget proposal for the fiscal year that starts in October:
AP Wire
Feb 7, 2013



— Adds $1.2 billion to transportation budget to aid the state's ailing roads and bridges.

—The 19-cents-a-gallon gasoline tax and 15-cents-a-gallon diesel tax would both rise to 33 cents, with the tax fluctuating after a couple years depending on fuel consumption and construction costs.

—Light vehicle registration taxes would be raised by 60 percent while heavy vehicle truck and trailer registration taxes would be raised by 25 percent. That would bring in an additional $508 million in revenue for the state.

—The typical family overall would pay $120 per vehicle more each year in gas taxes and vehicle fees.


—The state would expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act starting in January 2014. The expansion would provide about 470,000 more Michigan residents with coverage. To qualify, household income must be below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, about $15,000 for an individual. The governor says the plan will initially save the state $200 million a year.

—Sets aside $100 million a year of savings from the expansion so Michigan can pay 10 percent of the cost once the federal government stops covering 100 percent.


—Public schools, universities and community colleges would see 2 percent raise in overall funding. Universities would again be required to hold tuition and fee increases to fewer than 4 percent or lose part of their state aid.

-K-12 districts that now get the minimum amount of aid would receive $34 more per student this fall, with the minimum grant being raised to $7,000. Mid-level and wealthier districts would not get the extra money but could qualify for additional funding if they meet performance benchmarks (up to $100 per pupil) or "best practices" ($16 per student).

—Early childhood education programs would expand with an increase of funding by $130 million over the next two years.

—The enrollment of 4-year-olds in a preschool program for kids at risk of failing would double. Over two years, the number of participants in the Great Start Readiness Program would rise from 32,000 to 66,000.


—Provides $15.2 million to train an additional 107 troopers in the Michigan State Police Training Academy. Also would invest $18 million to train up to 790 corrections officers.

—Adds $2 million to the mental health court system, would allow for the maintenance of the state's nine courts and opening of new courts. Another $3 million investment would expand the state's treatment courts and open "regional driving while intoxicated/sobriety" courts.


—Provides $11.6 million to expand the Healthy Kids Dental program to provide an additional 70,500 low-income children in Ottawa, Ingham and Washtenaw counties with dental benefits.

—Adds $2.5 million for initiatives aimed at reducing the state's infant mortality rate.

—Adds $5 million to the general fund for mental health services. The money would fund three initiatives: home-based mental health services for children, the creation of care management teams for children with behavior disorders and mental health first aid training.

—The Department of Community Health would receive $3 million to provide grants to community organizations that come up with ideas for improving Michigan's health care system.


—Adds $27.5 million for the Michigan Economic Develop Corporation. Twenty million will go toward the creation of a new debt financing program to help banks and lenders invest in "underserved communities."

—Puts $10 million toward creating a new program to train workers for skilled jobs.


—Expands the state's Pathways to Potential program with $6.2 million in funding. The program, which started in Detroit, Pontiac, Flint and Saginaw, places Department of Human Services social workers in some Michigan schools.

—Sets aside $8.6 million to fund the new Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.


—The "rainy day" or budget stabilization fund would grow to $580 million with the addition of $75 million this fiscal year.

—Sets aside $4 million in fiscal year 2014 and $4 million in fiscal year 2015 to create a Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to prepare for natural disasters like forest fires, tornadoes and floods.


—The Department of Environmental Quality would receive $97 million to provide low-interest loans and grants to help municipalities improve water quality.

—The Department of Natural Resources would receive $5.9 million to hire and train 41 new conservation officers.


—Sets aside about $21 million to dredge Michigan's harbors which have become too shallow because of the low water levels this year. The plan would set aside an $11.5 million special appropriation for dredging. Additionally, the state would transfer more than $9 million from the state waterway fund for the purpose.


Walking Alive

The silence of the wingers is deafening. Their almighty governor, Dick, has impaled them, and there is no outrage. 'Raise the taxes, raise the fees, bigger government, accept & expand The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act'. Apparently not the most popular of GOP talking points on here? But - gotta hope Mr. Obama lets us arm the new police and DNR officers! lol

It is good to put the 4% tuition increase restrictions back on Universities in this slow/no growth economy. And this plan looks like a good start on all fronts.


Hey Walking, the ink hasn't even dried on the article yet...it is good to see you are moving to the republican side...be sure to remember this the next time your in the voting booth! ! Also remember we on this side do not blindly drink the koolaid and support every thing one of our candidates does. By the way, you also need to start hating women and immigrants, minorities, old people..... too!


Wing - what - wait - "...do not...support everything one of our candidates does." Do I detect discernment?


Never have....never will Lan!

Walking Alive

Article was over a day old when I commented Winger. I am a centrist, not subscribing to right nor left views exclusively. Glad to see you coming around to my point of view, have a sip of my koolaid. lol
Sorry, I just can't wrap my head around "your sides" views of women, immigrants, minorities, old people, poor people, the disabled, LGBT, religion, or even guns quite yet.


It appears that Gov Snyder took seriously the recent letter to the Michigan Congress from Michigan business leaders regarding education funding, particularly at the university level. Seems a shortage of qualified graduates in the state is leading to difficulties in hiring. Business tax cuts/ incentives apparently aren't the be all and end all to attract and keep business - Michigan must not allow the qualified, college and trade-educated labor pool to dry up to attract and keep business.


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