first_img13Jun Rep. Filler: House budget plan repairs roads, improves schools without massive tax hike State Rep. Graham Filler this week voted to support a House budget plan that includes record funding for road repairs and schools without a tax hike.“We dug through the budget to find savings and efficiencies so we could deliver better value to seniors, families and workers all throughout Michigan,” said Filler, of DeWitt. “Instead of asking taxpayers for more money, we’re using the tax dollars they already provide more effectively to increase our investments in priorities like roads and schools.”The House approved several budget measures this week, advancing the plan to the Senate for further consideration.Key elements of the budget plan:Roads. The plan ensures money spent on taxes at the gas pump goes to improve our roads – including the 6 percent sales tax motorists already pay. Once fully phased in over two years, this change could add more than $800 million more per year to road repairs – without raising taxes. This change would be accomplished without sacrificing money for schools, local government revenue sharing or other essential public services.Schools. The plan raises the state’s minimum per-pupil foundation allowance by $180 per student, which covers the majority of Michigan’s school districts. All districts would get at least $90 more per student under the House plan. This comes on top of the largest annual per-student increase of the past 15 years – which schools are receiving in the current budget year – while continuing to close the gap between the state’s lowest- and highest-funded districts. Early literacy and career training are special focuses as the overall school aid fund would surpass $15 billion.Criminal justice reform. Our efforts to reduce crime are working. Data continues to show that problem-solving courts produce substantial savings for taxpayers by significantly decreasing the number of people who reoffend. We will continue this trend by fully funding drug treatment courts, mental health courts and veterans’ treatment courts.Agriculture. This spending plan prioritizes our farmers and farming communities by maximizing existing state resources. We continue to support local programs that get food from farm to table across the state and supplements county fairs that help our farmers get their products to market. We worked hard to ensure that every dollar put toward agriculture in Michigan is well spent and critical services are funded without raising fees or increasing general fund dollars.Filler said the House budget plan costs Michigan taxpayers about $1.3 billion less than the plan recommended by the governor.### Categories: Filler Newslast_img

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