LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Governor Rick Snyder unveiled his $51 billion budget plan for the coming year.
Snyder wants to bump state support for public schools, universities and community colleges by 2 percent, or about $7,000 per pupil. The universities would have to agree to hold tuition hike at 4 percent or below.
The governor also was to train 100 additional state troopers.
This is the third time the governor has presented his budget and it comes against a backdrop of an improving state economy, which means there is more money to spend, but the frugal governor wants to save $75 million for the rainy day fund at the same time.
Perhaps the most controversial piece is getting lawmakers to vote use on expanding the medicaid health insurance program to about 400,000 who don't have it. The governor argues this is a cost saver for the state and a life saver for the uninsured.
Another major piece includes a call to raise the state gasoline tax from 19 cents a gallon to 33 cents and increase vehicle registration fees to fix ailing roads and bridges. Snyder says doing nothing will cost Michigan more down the line.
A typical family would pay $120 more per car each year if the changes go into effect.
The governor leaves the budget in the hands of lawmakers who will likely make some changes, but they hope to get this done by June 1, well before the October 1 deadline.
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