Education Holding Up Budget

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

Not a done deal.

That's what House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford, is saying about the budget Tuesday after reports he was comfortable moving forward with $1.2 billion in cuts the Senate has proposed.

"We have a process that's moving things forward aggressively, but there are still open ends we need to resolve before I would say we have a deal," Dillon tells us Tuesday.

The open ends Dillon speaks of are four key areas that the Senate wants to cut, but he doesn't. Those are higher education, early childhood education, Medicaid and local revenue sharing.

The Senate wants to eliminate the "Promise Scholarship," which helps send kids to college. It also proposes to cut school readiness programs, which prepare little ones for their formal education.

Dillon just doesn't feel comfortable with those decisions.

"We're going to continue to fight for those in the House. If we can get a process that assures us we're going to get our priorities taken care of, I think you'll see this move forward," he says of the budget.

"We've got a lot of work to do yet," says Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester.

Bishop stands by his proposed cuts to Medicaid, local police and fire, and education, because he thinks it's the solution we need right now.

"We stand firm in our position to not have a tax increase. We think it does not send the right message or get the job done," Bishop says.

The Senate plan would reduce per pupil funding by $110 a student, but could impact schools even more with cuts to math, science and other educational grants.

But with our children's educational future a major point of contention, this budget is far from settled.

Wednesday should be a bigger day in the House; we're told representatives should start voting on Senate budget bills. Eleven out of 15 are looking like they'll pass.

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 17, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    Cuts have to be made and nobody will be happy if they cut their main source of income. Education should be turned over to the local government. They know how to raise their own funds and make students thrive. For those areas that can not do that will become barren.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 17, 2009 at 06:50 AM
    College educations can lead to some high incomes.The ones that get all the tax breaks,deductions and just don't have to pay as much?Michigan has NO jobs to offer any one.So that means get high education free and move somewhere else,right along with your tax money.Sounds like a plan.Get kids through K-12,then figure out the rest.That is when money is there,because jobs are here.Go to another state to get funding to help with college,see if that works.
  • by tommy Location: Mich on Sep 16, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    A lot of things should not even be consider in CUTTING when it comes to the budget.What happened when all the now programs for education wasn't here years ago.Almost 2 million people need to be put back to work full time.With out jobs where is the tax money to fund this or that going to come from?Casinos were allowed to NOT pay as much revenue to the state.We must keep gamblers happy,and the ones providing this service.IS that right?Jenn don't want to raise taxes TO THE UPPER INCOMES.Is this right?Their kids can afford education and they don't need the programs gov wants to cut to the poor.Is this right?Is it right some get so many TAX BREAKS,just because they are upper incomes?They play the government for every dime they can get back,while many go without needed things and suffer.Is that right?For years,our gov seen all coming and still blew money.Jobs could of been here and aren't because gov didn't want that to happen or they would of did tax breaks ect to make it happen.Did they?NO
  • by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2009 at 06:06 AM
    How does education fix’s our economy? There are two things Michigan has too do right now, 1) the state has too cut the budget and that includes education! Sorry teachers! 2) Michigan has too get Michiganders and that’s about 1.5 million people back too work. Once people get back too work then the state has all kinds of money. It’s that simply.
  • by kelly on Sep 16, 2009 at 05:57 AM
    Education is the way out of recession. We need it for our kids! What is wrong with you people?
  • by St. James Location: St. Johns on Sep 16, 2009 at 03:08 AM
    I am all for education, as long as we fix the Chicago style mathmatics happening in this country right now. It just doesn't add up??????
  • by Dave Location: East Lansing on Sep 15, 2009 at 08:18 PM
    Are you sleeping Michiganders?? Why are you not outraged that the State would levy severe cuts on your children in K-12 education? Do you really feel that schools have that much money?? Teachers paid that much?????? Are you unaware of the standards placed upon schools/students these days? Doesn't it take money to provide a well-rounded education and experienced staff to facilitate??? K-12 education can't pass along the cost to the simply has to make due. Are you waiting until all art, music, and most importantly, athletics are cut before you react????? I wonder if we are asleep at the switch at times...or at least at the polls.
  • by local teacher on Sep 15, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    If Michigan really wants to move out of this recession, and reduce the chances of going through one again, we must invest in education and we have to push to move away from the manufacturing industry into other areas. If our children are not well educated, we cannot change our future.
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