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Families & Community
Thu February 7, 2013
Governor's budget proposal increases funding for programs to help disadvantaged kids
Governor Snyder delivered his budget proposals to the state legislature today. Here are a few highlights relevant to disadvantaged kids in Michigan:
- $130 million in new funding over the next two years for the state's preschool program. That works out to a 59 percent increase in funding, and it will allow thousands more disadvantaged 4 year olds to get preschool. But it falls short of funding preschool for all eligible 4 year olds.
- A 2 percent increase in K-12 funding. Schools that now get the least in per-pupil funding will get the biggest increase.
- $5 million for new programs to provide mental health services for kids.
- $2.5 million more for Michigan's Infant Mortality Reduction Plan.
To read the press release from the Governor's office, click here.
We'll continue to delve into the details of the budget proposal, and how the legislature responds.