LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer presented her budget recommendations today for the 2019-20 fiscal year to a joint meeting of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Among her recommendations were significant allotments to clean up and protect our water and increasing school funding by $507 million—the largest increase in a generation. In response to her recommendations, state Rep. Kyra Bolden (D-Southfield) issued the following statement:

“One of our greatest responsibilities is to ensure our children are equipped with the tools they need for success. For too long, students and teachers throughout Michigan have been held back by Lansing’s failure to support them, and as a result, our state and our economy are in jeopardy. Gov. Whitmer’s bold proposal to increase school funding and re-prioritize our kids is exactly what our state needs to start moving us forward once again.”