LANSING – The Michigan Senate, in near-unanimous votes on Wednesday, approved key items of the 2022 state budget and allocated billions more in federal coronavirus relief funds, while reserving parts of the budget for work additional.
Michigan’s 2022 fiscal year does not begin until October 1. But the fiscal year for school districts begins July 1. Lawmakers wanted to give school districts clear directions on what funding to expect.
Two of the bills passed by the Senate are not identical to those passed earlier by the House, meaning that additional consensus must be reached before they can be sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for his signatures.
- Past House Bill 4411, closing the long-standing funding gap between the state’s best-funded and least-funded school districts by providing a base grant of $ 8,700 per student for all school districts in the state. It’s the same foundation grant that the House approved last Thursday. The $ 17.1 billion bill – slightly richer than the $ 16.8 billion version previously passed by State House – also boosts preschool, special education, mental health and literacy programs .
- Past House Bill 4410, providing a 2.1% increase in statutory revenue sharing for cities, towns and townships, bringing the total to $ 266.2 million, while also providing $ 912 million in constitutional revenue sharing, 188 million in county revenue sharing and $ 43.4 million in county incentive funding. The bill also provides $ 160 million in grants to hospitals and $ 100 million to long-term care facilities.
- The past House Amended Version of Senate Bill 28, by sending at least one budget invoice to the Whitmer office. The bill allocates $ 10 million to help medical providers who may show they have been hurt by rate cuts resulting from Michigan’s 2019 changes to its no-fault auto insurance law.
“These funds are immediately a priority as we take a close look at the unique federal funding we have received and how we best use them to bring about lasting improvement and investment in our state,” said Senator Jim Stamas, R- Midland , Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Senator Dayna Polehanki, D-Livonia, said the school aid budget reflects “exactly how we should prioritize our budget now and in the years to come”.
“I am more than happy to end the ‘two tier system’ of school fundingâ¦ which has created a funding gap between the wealthiest and poorest districts in the state,” Polehanki said in a statement. Press.
Differences between the Senate and House versions of the Educational Aid Bill included $ 155 million in federal funds the Senate allocated for reading scholarships administered by Grand Valley State University, and $ 135 million grants for air conditioning and other capital improvements for functioning school districts. âBalanced calendars throughout the yearâ.
The Schools Funding Bill passed 33-1, with only Senator Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte, voting no. The bill on revenue sharing and health care was passed by 34-0, while the bill arising from the changes to auto insurance passed 33-0.
The Senate adjourned without considering legislation passed by the House that provided for 2% funding increases for most state departments. Consideration of this general government bill, along with funding for colleges and universities, is expected to wait until later this summer.