Rep Rendon votes for budget addressing northern Michigans top needs

first_img24Apr Rep. Rendon votes for budget addressing northern Michigan’s top needs Health care. New doctors would have incentives to work in underserved rural areas. Access to mental health services will be improved so residents can live healthier, happier and more independent lives, reflecting the House CARES initiative. Categories: Daire Rendon News,News Job preparation programs, increased access to health care in rural areas, and record-high investment in schools and roads are part of a budget plan approved today by Rep. Daire Rendon and the Michigan House.“This is a plan that will help the great communities of northern Michigan and make the region an even better place to live and raise a family,” said Rendon, of Lake City. “We’re getting help to where it is needed most while being very careful to eliminate waste and hold down overall spending statewide.”Rendon represents the residents of Crawford, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Roscommon and Ogemaw counties in the Michigan House.The House plan for the budget year beginning Oct. 1 focuses on:More than a quarter of the House’s overall budget proposal goes to K-12 schools. School funding would increase to $14.8 billion, a new state record for K-12 investment, with the largest annual per-student increase in 15 years – ranging from $120 to $240 per student. Early literacy and support for academically at-risk students are priorities. Workforce development. More than $100 million is added to talent development and workforce preparation programs at the K-12 level. Significant investments in other programs such as Going PRO also will help prepare residents for high-demand jobs. Support for families. More money would be invested in child welfare services, foster care and services for seniors. Savings for taxpayers. A prison would be closed, reflecting successful efforts to reduce Michigan’s inmate population. Budgets for several state departments would decline as state government becomes more efficient and eliminates waste. Overall, the House plan spends less money next budget year – continuing a trend of spending less annually while prioritizing what’s most important. Road repairs. Funding will rise to the highest levels in Michigan history as the state addresses one of its biggest needs. Overall, the state will have pumped more than $2 billion in additional funds into roads and bridges over a three-year period by the upcoming budget year – with more money coming in the future. House Bills 5578-9 advance to the Senate as work to finalize the next state budget continues.###last_img read more