Governor Snyder announces 2019 state budget plan
LANSING, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Governor Rick Snyder has released his budget plans for 2019.
The $56.8 billion budget proposal calls for more investments in transportation, education, safety and the environment.
This proposal is only the beginning of the discussion on Michigan's next state budget.
This will be, of course, the last budget we see from Governor Snyder and his proposal is seeing some praise by Democrats.
"Here we stand, at 540,000 new private sector jobs," said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.
Calley laid out how far Michigan has come moments before Governor Snyder rolled out his final state budget proposal to lawmakers.
"Overall it's a good budget.," said Governor Snyder. "I'm proud of it and I look forward to the discussion with our legislative partners."
The governor's new budget would include tax cuts totaling $1.85 billion and sending schools $120 to $240 more per student, which is the largest increase in 15 years and something many Democrats support.
"We've got to put more money into the classroom and I am so excited to work with him on that," said State Rep. Jon Hoadley.
"This is one of the better budgets we've had from the governor," said State Rep. Fred Durhal III.
Snyder says he also wants to speed up funding to fix Michigan roads by investing an additional $175 million in 2019.
But it's not just the roads that need fixing.
"We need to continue to invest in Michigan's infrastructure," said Sen. Dave Hildenbrand. "We continue to have water challenges around our state with new chemicals that we are discovery."
The governor wants to renew water infrastructure initiatives that focus on improving the environment.
He also wants to start a fund for water and sewer emergencies.
But, while Snyder explained his plan, police kept protestors out while union workers loudly protested the Republican governor.
The loud chants for change didn't deter the Republican governor from laying out his last state budget.
Snyder is also calling for $20 million in statewide broadband access and is recommending $1.4 billion to help Michigan children with special needs.