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Roads And School Safety For Michigan's $315 Million Budget Windfall

May 17, 2018

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Governor Rick Snyder and state lawmakers have an extra $315 million to work with as they finalize the new budget.  


The windfall is the result of tax revenue created by an economic recovery that’s continued now for almost nine years.  

John Walsh is Governor Snyder’s budget director.  He says details need to be worked out, but there appears to be broad agreement on where most of the money should go.

“Roads are a big priority for the Legislature and the governor, as it is for citizens.  School safety, we’re looking at some initiatives there.”

Also, paying down long-term debt, and putting more into the state’s “rainy day” savings to be ready for when the economy slows down.

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