Michigan lawmakers on Thursday finished sending Gov. Rick Snyder a $53.2 billion state budget, approving increased aid for local governments and money to hire more state troopers and conservation officers.
A new class of 43 people was selected to participate in a program to develop science, technology, engineering and math teachers for several Michigan rural and urban school districts, officials announced Wednesday.
Michigan senators soundly defeated a proposal Wednesday that could have led to a sales tax increase as lawmakers scrambled to try to raise taxes and vehicle registration fees to improve deteriorating roads with one day left before the Legislature adjourns for much of the summer.
Michigan will spend 4 percent more next year on public schools and pause plans to replace its standardized test with one being developed by a group of states, under a K-12 budget headed toward final approval this week.
Local governments will receive a 7 percent boost in revenue-sharing payments from Michigan next fiscal year, less than what Gov. Rick Snyder had originally proposed, under a budget plan that won preliminary approval Monday in the state Legislature.
Public universities and local governments that sustained steep cuts in state aid during Michigan's economic slide would see sizable funding increases under a budget agreement signed Thursday that cleared the way for approval of a roughly $52 billion spending plan in the next week.