LANSING — Today, the House of Representatives approved the state budget for fiscal year 2018-19. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:


“The hardworking people of Michigan deserve a budget that works just as hard for them. Instead, the budget passed by the state Legislature today is a half-hearted election-year stunt that attempts to look good while doing little to move the needle on what really matters to working families. The School Omnibus budget threatens to close struggling schools that can’t meet herculean goals or fire a quarter of their staff, while the General Omnibus budget still fails to take the problem of our failing infrastructure seriously. We have yet to make whole the families who were wrongly accused of unemployment fraud or to restore safe drinking water to the people of Flint, and this budget does nothing to get us there. The people of Michigan expect more from their government, and I expect more from our budget, so I voted no.”