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 increases in revenue sharing to local communities, and increasing school funding by $507 million — the largest increase since 2002. In response to the recommendation, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D-Huntington Woods) issued the following statement:

“Michigan moves forward when we prioritize our future, and that starts with building a better state for everyone. Governor Whitmer understands this, and that’s why she’s proposed the largest increase in school funding in a generation. She also clearly understands the urgent need to fix our roads and infrastructure, including our dire need to provide every Michigander with safe and clean drinking water. Achieving these goals may not be easy, but I believe that if we all work together and put partisan differences aside, we can ensure a bright and vibrant future for our state.”