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.
Michigan's Senate approved on Tuesday spending $195 million to help prevent steeper cuts in Detroit retiree pensions as part of a deal designed to shield valuable city-owned art from being sold and resolve the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history.