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. Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia) issued the following statement:

“Our greatest obstacle to tackling the challenges facing our communities has been an unwillingness to dedicate the resources necessary to overcome them. Whether it’s protecting Michigan’s drinking water or providing our children the world-class education they deserve, we need bold solutions, and that’s what Gov. Whitmer’s budget provides. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make her proposed solutions a reality.”