LANSING – Tonight, the Michigan House rushed through legislation that will divert more than $140 million dollars away from the school aid fund in the first year. The move comes in the wake of numerous non-partisan reports that found that Michigan schools are underfunded by nearly $2,000 per pupil. The bill, HB 4991, passed without any Democrat support. In response to its passage, state Rep. Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) issued the following statement:

“We are in the middle of an education crisis. Time and time again, the Republican majority continues to make drastic cuts to education funding, regardless of what the numerous studies and experts say. This shell game of stealing from the school aid fund while claiming the bill is revenue neutral is an affront to our children and the future of Michigan.”