Snyder Finding Some GOP Resistance To School Cuts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Republican majorities in the House and Senate have largely gone along with the tax and spending changes being proposed by Michigan GOP Gov. Rick Snyder.
But the deep cuts the governor wants to hand education are proving a harder sell.
Lawmakers are lessening K-12 decreases after hundreds of school districts warned they're running low on savings and can't absorb the cuts. Some Republican lawmakers are flat-out refusing to vote for them.
It marks the first real GOP pushback against a governor determined to shrink state spending.
Both the House and Senate in recent weeks have passed smaller cuts in per-pupil K-12 funding than Snyder proposed. He predicts the differences can be worked out.
Higher-than-expected tax revenues could provide more money, but Snyder hasn't agreed it should go to education.

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  • by Jim Location: Lansing on May 7, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    Maybe he's getting some pushback because some of our legislators see that the governors proposal to finance a huge business tax cut by taking money from schools is just wrong. Maybe they see that there's going to be real long term damage done to school districts and the children in them as a result of these cuts. It seems to me that in their zeal to damage the MEA, MESSA Insurance, and teachers in general, the Republicans have forgotten about the collateral damage that will be done to children. School kids don't get a do over. You only get one chance at 1st grade, and if you have 35 kids in the classroom some kids will never recover from that.
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