Michigan Schools To Begin Fiscal Year Without Clear Budget From Lansing

Jul 1, 2019

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Michigan schools will finalize their budgets today but without knowing how much money they’ll have to work with.  Cheyna Roth reports.

It’s the start of the new fiscal year for school districts, and that means that schools in Michigan need to know now how much money they are going to use throughout the year.  But lawmakers in Lansing have yet to give them a clear picture of what they can expect their budgets to be.  

Republican Representative Aaron Miller is chair of a subcommittee focused on education spending.  He says this situation has happened in the past.

“It gets ironed out, and school boards have to go back and change budgets.  I admit that it could be a problem for some, it’s just not the end of the world.  And they may end up having to make educated guesses.”

So far, teachers and education advocates have held two rallies at the Capitol.  They want the Legislature to adopt Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s spending proposal.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org