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State Lawmakers Approve 7 Percent Additional Funding

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - State lawmakers have approved the final funding numbers for local state governments. Local governments in Michigan will get roughly 7 percent more in the state's $1.2 billion revenue sharing budget next year.

A House-Senate conference committee approved the plan Monday, and the lawmakers plan to send it to Gov. Rick Snyder this week as part of an overall $50 billion-plus state budget.


 As 6 News Joe Khalil reports local officials say it won't make up for the heavy cuts they've dealt with in the past few years.

Do more with less. That seems to be a common theme among local governments across the state over the past 10 years.

State rep Earl Poleski is part of a state conference committee expected to approve an increase in revenue sharing for local governments of between 3-5 percent above last year.

"Revenues are up generally over the past three years. Things are better,” said State Representative Earl Poleski, (r), Jackson.

But not as good as local governments hoped. The increase is much lower than the 15 percent which Governor Snyder recommended.

"This is about $20 million or so less than what the governor had suggested,” said State Representative Poleski.

"Whatever the increase is, is this just a drop in the bucket compared to what you've lost in the past few years?”

"It absolutely is,” said Nathan Triplett, East Lansing Mayor.

Mayor Triplett says East Lansing has lost about $20 million in the past decade due to state cuts.

"While any increase in funding is a welcome change, we're still trying to make up for the cuts of the last 10 years, let alone build for the future.”

Triplett says because of the state's history of disinvestment, he was never counting on the governor's 15 percent increase in fact he says the city of East Lansing already budgeted for just 3.5 percent.

And Triplett isn't the only one skeptical of state help.

"We have been getting the short end of the stick for over a decade from the state,” said Virg Bernero, Lansing Mayor.

Mayor Bernero says the city's worked with more than $70 million less in the past decade because of state cuts.

"The legislature has really used local governments as their piggy bank."

He says any increase is welcome, but it certainly isn't enough.

Municipalities also will get 3 percent more in revenue-sharing payments guaranteed under Michigan's constitution.
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