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Whitmer Responds to Governor’s Budget Announcement: Our Schools Need Real Solutions, Not Fuzzy Math and Empty Gestures

Lansing – Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer responded to the Governor’s budget announcement this morning by stating that the dollars he claimed to be investing in Michigan schools existed only as talking points, not as real investments. She stated that a paltry 0.8% is not an “increase” when inflation is 3.3% and the Governor already stole $1 billion from the School Aid Fund last year. Instead, it’s another cut, plain and simple.

“The Governor promised us solutions, but instead his budget only gives us empty gestures designed to disguise the damage this administration has done to Michigan’s public schools,” said Whitmer. “The budget he is proposing for our K-12 schools amounts to putting a drop of water into a bucket he’s already cut a hole out of. It does nothing to solve the real problem he’s created.”

Whitmer added that a real investment in our education system is critical to getting Michigan back on track, something the Michigan 2020 Plan announced last month would provide.

“The Governor’s budget continues his divestment in education while we have a real plan on the table to move Michigan immediately to the top by creating the most well-educated workforce in the nation,” added Whitmer. “I look forward to working with the Governor to move our Michigan 2020 Plan forward because education is economic development and we need to focus on adopting proven pathways to success.”

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