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 increases in revenue sharing to local communities, and increasing school funding by $507 million — the largest increase in a generation of Michigan students. In response to the recommendation, state Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) issued the following statement:

“For years, Michigan’s budget has failed our students and their families. Chronic underfunding has robbed our classrooms of the resources needed to give our kids a world-class education, and as a former teacher I’m pleased to see Gov. Whitmer’s proposals to reverse this trend. I’m looking forward to this conversation and hearing from my constituents as we decide on a budget that works for Downriver and for our state.”