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Snyder Wants 2 Percent Bump in Education Funding

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Governor Rick Snyder proposed giving public schools, universities and community colleges 2 percent more funding in the next school year.

6 News reached out to local education officials to see what they thought.

"I think that's a reasonable start. It's better than it has been in the past and as I'd like to say, I'd like to look at it in more details. We would certainly like to think based on what's happened the last 3-5 years, 2 percent is just a start and we would like more," said Bill DeFrance, superintendent for Eaton Rapids Public Schools.

"We appreciate that the governor has proposed for the second year in a row an increase in higher education. While it's a step in the right direction, I think we need to invest more in higher education to again be a prosperous state. I mean look at the numbers. We're still a $150 million under where we were two years ago. On a per student basis, we're nearly 50 percent below where we were in 2000," said Michael Boulus, the executive director for the council state universities.

The Republican governor on Thursday unveiled his proposed $50.9 billion budget to lawmakers who sit on budget committees.

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