LANSING — An updated and expanded version of the School Aid budget passed the House by a vote of 91 to 18. In response, state Rep. Brian Elder (D-Bay City), who voted against the budget, issued the following statement:


“Our students and educators should be treated as a priority, not an afterthought. The budget passed today is not good enough for my people — or students across Michigan. Funding models that don’t keep pace with inflation are not a win, and I stand by my governor’s budgetary recommendations, and alongside many of my fellow Democratic colleagues in rejecting this budget. When we don’t invest in our students we set them and our schools up for failure, ultimately jeopardizing our chance at success in the long run. Michiganders deserve more than that.”