Road funding, education spending and other budget issues are among the focus of discussions at the state capitol. There were several developments yesterday in education spending. A measure meant to bridge the funding gap between school districts emerged. Meanwhile, a focus in the road funding debate continues to be whether the money for a fix can be found among existing revenue or if new revenue is required. Current State's Mark Bashore and Michigan Public Radio Network’s Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta talk to Michigan Republican House Speaker Kevin Cotter about what's ahead for the state budget.
The economy in Michigan is on the upswing, and education budgets that were cut during the great recession are starting to increase again. But despite some funding boosts, educational achievement in Michigan has remained fairly stagnant in the past 10 years. And that’s meant that some of the states that used to trail Michigan, like Tennessee and Florida, are now ahead of us in national rankings. Advocates says Michigan students are unlikely to catch up without substantial changes to the state’s educational policy.