Budget Surplus Quells Fears Of Cuts To School Funding In Michigan

Jan 14, 2014

A budget surplus is quelling some fears about school funding in Michigan.

As The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports, Governor Rick Snyder says the state is well positioned to boost funding for preschool programs again this year.

Michigan had the largest funding increase for early childhood programs in the nation last year. But the non-partisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan said at the time that and other education funding increases might not be sustainable.

Governor Snyder says he doesn’t see it that way.

“I don’t believe that should be the case at all,” he says.  “Again, we did it successfully last year and we should have more revenue opportunity this year.”

And the Citizens Research Council now agrees. It says higher-than-expected revenues over the next couple years will help pay for those increases.

Governor Snyder is expected to talk about increasing access to preschool programs in his annual State of the State address Thursday.