Governor Snyder signs a nearly $40-billion general spending bill for fiscal year 2019 that will pump hundreds of millions of dollars into road improvements and safety.
The signing ceremony took place on Thursday at the front of the capitol. Some of the most notable pieces include:
*Adding $300-million to help fix potholes, bridges, and our crumbling roads
*$58 million being dedicated to increase school safety after recent mass shootings
*$14-million to the Michigan Department of Health & Human services for technology upgrades
*$14-million is set for state park renovations and equipment upgrades
*Close to $30-million to boost salaries, benefits, and equipment to the Michigan State Police, that includes training and costs associated with adding 75 new state troopers
*$100-million for governor Snyder’s Marshall Plan for Talent, that’ll help connect people with in-demand jobs.
*An additional $115-million will be added to the rainy day fund that’ll increase the state’s savings account to more than $1 billion dollars for next year.
“This is a good strong budget and people are seeing good returns,” says Snyder. “Michigan is doing well in terms of job creation, 540,000 Michiganders have a job today that didn’t when we started, that’s best in the great lake states and 6th best in the nation, and personal incomes have come up dramatically.”
The 2019 state budget goes into effect October 1.