DECEMBER 18, 2014
Today, Governor Snyder and legislative leaders announced a plan to raise $1.2 billion for road repairs, without reducing money earmarked for the School Aid Fund!
This bipartisan plan will raise the State sales tax from 6% to 7%. In addition to providing funding for road improvements, the plan will also increase funding for schools by $300 million! This is approximately $200 per student! The plan will also reportedly ensure school aid fund revenue goes to k-12 districts or community colleges, and not Universities. According to Ed-Midwest Trust, “some resources would be ear-marked for high-need, at-risk public schools”.
The legislature is expected to vote on this proposal today, and voters will have to approve the plan through a ballot proposal scheduled for May.
Michigan PTA is pleased that our elected officials have worked together to protect and advance the interest of all students in the State of Michigan. We thank all our members, parents and advocates that came together to help our voice be heard on this important issue. The most important part is that we secure the education needs of all children in Michigan. They are our future.