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. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo), Democratic vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement:

“At its core, Michigan’s budget is a statement of our shared values. It’s how we choose what kind of state we want to be and the road we’re going to take to get there. This budget finally puts the values we’ve been fighting for into practice. Gov. Whitmer’s proposal makes it clear that she’s betting on our children to propel our state forward. This is the start of the budget process, and I look forward to working with Chair Hernandez and the other members of the Appropriations Committee to see a good budget passed.”