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Governor signs bills alleviating school debt

Governor Whitmer signs supplemental funding bill at GVSU
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Governor Whitmer signs supplemental funding bill at GVSU

Bills Governor Whitmer signed Monday in GR will fix roads and bridges, invest in projects at colleges and universities, and pay down debt for some school districts.

Governor Whitmer says the bills provide much-needed debt relief for districts hardest hit by financial issues, including Muskegon Heights Public Schools. 

Longtime Muskegon school supporter Bishop Willie Burrell of Christ Temple Apostolic Faith says getting out of debt can turn things around for a community that has struggled.

“We have gone through a lot. We’ve been battered. We have pain. We have wounds from trying to do the right things but a lot of times in these kinds of societies in black communities it’s difficult to get the finances you need to support the schools.”

The measures will result in lower taxes for residents in the community, and more money re-directed toward things like new textbooks, reduced class sizes and more pay for teachers.

Grandville High School teacher Ron Denning spoke at the ceremony, explaining the importance of a new auto tech facility there, and emphasizing the need for similar opportunities in all districts.

“Having the financial resources to establish and expand these programs not only keeps future skilled workers in our state but will keep business in Michigan thriving.”

The bills also lower debt for school districts in Inkster, Benton Harbor, Pontiac and Ypsilanti.

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