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. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) issued the following statement:

“Governor Whitmer’s budget recommendation is a down payment on putting Michigan back on course by rebuilding our public education system and infrastructure, providing much needed tax relief to small businesses, and closing the skills gap so Michigan businesses have the talent they need to thrive. It’s long past time for a budget that puts Michigan families first, and this budget lays the foundation for a bright future for our state.”