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. Her recommendations include increasing school funding by $507 million — the largest increase since 2002 – and a plan to fix the roads. In response to the recommendation, state Rep. Kara Hope (D-Holt) issued the following statement:

“Residents of my district have made it clear that their top two concerns are our public schools and our roads. Gov. Whitmer’s budget presents a bold vision and a practical plan to address these issues that have plagued our state for years. There is no question that we have tough decisions ahead, but that is what true leadership is about. I am committed to working with the governor to put Michigan back on track.”