LANSING, Mich., Feb. 9, 2022 — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unveiled her priorities for this year’s upcoming state budget. In a presentation to both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, Budget Director Chris Harkins outlined the governor’s plans on a number of critical issues. A major focus this year will be increasing funds for the state’s education system. This includes the highest per pupil funding ever at $9,135 for every district, retention and recruitment bonuses for teachers, and expansions in the Great Start Readiness Program for preschool students. In response, state Rep. Nate Shannon (D-Sterling Heights) issued the following statement:

“It is long overdue that we started respecting our teachers and putting our students first. From increasing pay for teachers to raising the per-pupil funding rate, these are priorities that will benefit our entire community. Investments in education are an investment in our children’s futures. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to invest in our public schools and finally take education seriously.”



State Rep. Nate Shannon

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