Snyder, legislative leaders reach deal on next state budget
Gov. Rick Snyder's administration and key lawmakers have struck a budget deal that includes using a surplus to boost road spending, school-safety initiatives and savings. The agreement was reached Thursday. Now the leaders of individual legislative subcommittees will iron out details in coming weeks.
State budget spokesman Kurt Weiss says the deal includes an increase of more than $400 million on infrastructure spending, an additional $115 million for the "rainy day" fund and $58 million to help schools improve their security and hire more counselors.
Negotiators also have agreed to fully fund Snyder's proposed $100 million workforce development initiative and to boost base K-12 funding by between $120 and $240 per pupil - the largest increase in 17 years.