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 since 2002. In response to the recommendation, State Rep. Alex Garza (D-Taylor) issued the following statement:

“A quality education is at the heart of student success, and I am glad we have a governor who understands this. Increasing our K-12 education funding is a strong first step to ensuring all our children have access to the world-class education they need, and by providing our students with the freedom to take the next step after high school — whether it be college, the skilled trades, or straight to work — we can move Michigan forward and create a better economy for all.”