Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is proposing the largest funding increase for public education in 20 years, with proposals to recruit and retain educators, increase per-student spending, rebuild mental health supports, expand preschool access, and fund school construction and renovations.
In contrast, initial Republican proposals focus on massive tax breaks, especially for corporations and the wealthy. Such plans are fiscally irresponsible and unsustainable, forcing deep and painful cuts to public schools, resulting in larger class sizes, fewer teachers and less one-on-one time for educators.
“This is a $12 tax cut for everyday working people of Michigan and a $5,000 windfall for the richest people in the state and it will cost Michigan $6 billion over the next two years,” said state Rep. Joe Tate, D-Detroit, about a House GOP proposal released last week.
TAKE ACTION: Raise your voice in support of Gov. Whitmer’s budget proposal and against tax breaks for the wealth that threaten our students’ future. Contact your state senator and representative about the need to adopt measures to address the educator shortage, student mental health needs and more.