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Governor, Republican Leaders Reach Budget Agreement

Republican Governor Rick Snyder and leaders of the GOP majority in the Legislature have reached a budget agreement for next fiscal year that puts Michigan's unexpected surplus toward funding roads and K-12 education.


Snyder met Tuesday with Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and House Speaker Jase Bolger to complete spending targets for the budget that takes effect October 1.

The plan includes putting about $350 million in the state's ailing roads and bridges, short of the $1.2 billion Snyder had called for in additional road funding.

The Republicans also agreed to put $140 million toward K-12 education and leave $75 million in the state's rainy-day fund.

"Our legislative partners have worked closely with the administration on the funding priorities," Snyder said in a press release. "The agreement on spending targets for the 2014 budget is an important step as we move toward the finish line for next year's budget plan."

Democrats, who are a minority in both the House and Senate, are less than thrilled with the agreement.

"It's disgraceful to hear Governor Snyder claim that the budget agreements made by Republicans today somehow represent an investment in our schools when in reality they won't do a thing to undo the damage his agenda has done to schools across Michigan over the past two years," said Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) in a press release. "I will be proudly joining the thousands of families from across the state in opposing this continued assault on our schools and our kids' futures."

Budget experts say Michigan should get about $483 million more in taxes than expected in January for the fiscal year ending in 4½ months.

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