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 since 2002. In response to the recommendation, state Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy) issued the following statement:

“Lack of resources, unreasonable class sizes, the ever-increasing cost of secondary education and skills training – for years our students have been robbed of the opportunity to succeed. Gov. Whitmer’s proposals will ensure our students are able to afford the training they need for the job they want and ready our state to compete in the 21st century economy and beyond”