Hansen: Senate’s 2019 budget continues focus on improving Michigan

Sen. Goeff Hansen

Sen. Goeff Hansen

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Goeff Hansen on Thursday supported a Senate budget plan for fiscal year 2019 that increases support for key priorities, including educating Michigan students, protecting families and continuing the state’s economic recovery.

Hansen, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12, School Aid, and Education, sponsored Senate Bill 853, the budget for the Michigan Department of Education. The Senate approved a Hansen amendment to that measure that would increase the number of children of working families who are eligible to receive child care assistance.

“Increasing access to affordable child care helps parents work or participate in job training, and it helps employers by guaranteeing a greater pool of candidates for open positions and reducing turnover,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “With this amendment, an additional 6,000 kids will be helped.”

Congress recently authorized $63.1 million in funding for increasing child care provider rates. Hansen’s amendment allocates $62.3 million of that money for increased assistance.

The entire state budget plan features $7 million to support rural hospitals, a $10 million boost for local public health departments, $40.9 million for Going Pro skilled trades training to prepare workers for in-demand jobs, and an additional $3.6 million to combat various wildlife diseases like bovine TB and chronic wasting disease.

“Enacting a budget is all about making sound financial decisions, and that is what we have done with this budget,” Hansen said.

SBs 850-865 now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.