LANSING – Tonight, the Michigan House rushed through legislation that will divert more than $140 million dollars away from the school aid fund in the first year. The move comes in the wake of numerous non-partisan reports that found that Michigan schools are underfunded by nearly $2,000 per pupil. The bill, HB 4991, passed without any Democrat support. In response to its passage, state Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) issued the following statement:

“If Republicans would have worked with us at any point over the past year to find solutions to our state’s environmental crises, there would be no need to pay for these projects now at the expense of our students. Stealing from our future for a fix that doesn’t even address the PFAS contamination plaguing Michigan communities is not good governance. Michigan families did not send us to Lansing to play petty politics with the future of our environment or our children.”