The Governor's new budget includes lots of new spending for schools including a proposed $75 per pupil increase for K-12 students., $49 million for 3rd grad reading, $100 million for at risk students, 2% hike in higher education and 1.4% hike in community colleges.
The ink was hardly dry on the document before democrats started slugging away at the increase which some argue is not an increase at all. While democrats argued that some districts will be losing money, the governor says his per-pupil number is real.
Another concern relates back to tax credits given to major car companies during the Granholm administration. She said she did it to save the auto industry but now democrats and some republicans argue they ought to sit down with the governor and give some of that money back
"I would hope that our partners at the big three and others would be willing to help us at least get some certainty and more importantly provide some balance back to the state budget," Rep. Brandon Dillon said. "I think the governor needs to demand that anybody claiming these tax credits comes back to the table."
Would Governor Snyder be up for that?
"Any real discussions would be premature other than to say they're open to sitting down and talking about this whole topic," he said. "i don't want to jump into that today."
The budget negotiations now begin with a deadline set for May 31.