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. Rachel Hood (D-Grand Rapids) issued the following statement:

“Michigan’s massive problems require bold solutions. Gov. Whitmer’s proposed budget disrupts the financial shell game of recent years so that Michiganders can finally count on our taxpayer dollars going where they need to go — providing financial security for our seniors, supporting our students and teachers, and protecting our drinking water. This is a new chapter in Michigan’s story and it’s time for us to follow the governor’s lead and go bold.”