Michigan Legislature nears final OK of K-12 funding spike

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Jun 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-30 14:48:03-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are nearing final approval of a $17.1 billion K-12 budget, one that would eliminate a longstanding base per-student funding gap among districts and boost overall funding by a substantial 10%.

The bill was advanced by the Senate on a nearly unanimous vote after changes were made Wednesday.

The Senate also unanimously passed a $1.7 billion spending bill that would fund revenue-sharing payments to municipalities and use federal COVID-19 relief aid to help hospitals and nursing homes facing financial struggles due to the pandemic.

The House could soon send the measures to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature.

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