The leader of Michigan's Senate Fiscal Agency says the state can't cut money going to K-12 schools and universities next fiscal year.
Gary Olson says the federal stimulus law requires that schools and universities get at least the same amount of money in the fiscal year that begins in October as they do right now. That would mean the state can't follow through on Gov. Jennifer Granholm's proposals to cut university allocations by 3 percent and K-12 per pupil funding by $59.
Granholm's administration does not share Olson's legal interpretation. But the administration says that despite the need to present a balanced budget that includes cuts for education, K-12 schools and universities will benefit from the economic recovery plan.