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. Tim Sneller (D-Burton) issued the following statement:

“As a state, we need to do everything possible to equip our students with the skills they need to succeed. Years of underfunding have put our schools on a path toward failure, and Gov. Whitmer’s budget proposal is the first step in correcting past neglect to our public education system. Through a renewed commitment to our state’s teachers and students, the governor has shown she will do what it takes to move Michigan forward.”