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Horn applauds completion of 2018-2019 state budget

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Tuesday gave final approval to the state of Michigan budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

“For eight years, we have worked hard to negotiate balanced budgets well before the beginning of the fiscal year,” said Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “We’ve made record investments in roads and schools again this year.”

The School Aid (K-12) budget invests $14.8 billion into Michigan schools, which is the largest investment in the state’s history. Schools will see a foundation allowance increase of between $120 and $240 per pupil — the largest increase for most schools in 17 years. Skilled trades programs will also see $40.9 million to prepare workers for high-demand jobs.

“From my first days as a legislator, I’ve been focused on skilled trades,” Horn said. “Employers in my district are begging for machinists, welders and other specialized hands-on professionals.  This is an investment in our state’s workers.”

The budget also includes record investments to address the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.  An additional $330 million was added to the original road funding appropriation, and when combined with the recent road funding package, the Legislature will have invested $2.4 billion in     our roads since 2017.

“In addition to the statewide increase, Saginaw and Genesee counties will benefit from additional dollars that I went to bat for,” Horn said. “This budget shows that every corner of the state matters. It celebrates small towns and lets our neighbors know they aren’t forgotten.”

Some specific projects in the 32nd District include:

  • $1,070,000 to finish the Dixie Highway project in Bridgeport Township
  • $200,000 to replace the Chapin Road bridge in Jonesfield Township
  • $303,600 for Seymour Road in Flushing Township
  • $100,000 for the Saginaw River Deepening Feasibility Study

“The need to reopen the Chapin Road bridge was brought to my attention by local residents and township officials. As a small rural township, they were certain they’d be overlooked but their voices were heard,” Horn said. “I’m pleased that the bridge will be rebuilt and residents can safely return to their daily lives.”

Horn supported several other funding measures in the budget.

“We are training 155 state troopers and investing in school safety initiatives like the reporting program OK2SAY,” Horn said. “Like the blue collar community I represent, we put in a little overtime for the district and crafted a budget the hard working taxpayers of Michigan deserve.”

The finalized budget will now go to Gov. Rick Snyder for approval.