LANSING—State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, has issued the following statement regarding the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal, presented Wednesday by the governor to the Senate and House Appropriations committees:
“The governor made education a priority in this budget. He made several strong education proposals, including a $75 per-pupil increase for K-12 students, a $25 million initiative to ensure our children can read proficiently by third grade, and an increase of $100 million for at-risk funding.
“As chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12, School Aid, and Education, I am thrilled with these recommendations. I am passionate about the importance of early education, and I am particularly eager to work with the administration on the governor’s third-grade reading plan.
“The proposed $83 million in skilled-trades investments is also a wise budget decision. To maintain Michigan’s recovery, we must continue to develop and train our workforce to be among the nation’s leaders in the skilled trades.
“A budget is always about priorities. The Legislature and the administration need to make some difficult budgetary decisions over the next few months to ensure that our priorities are focused on the success of our children and the long-term success of Michigan. I think the governor has made some very good recommendations toward achieving those goals.”