Theis comments on latest state revenue estimates

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee Chairwoman Lana Theis, R-Brighton, issued the following statement regarding new state revenue projections from Monday’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference:

“The state’s economy appears to be slowly bouncing back, but we are still facing a budget deficit as we continue to battle the coronavirus. Support from President Trump’s administration and Congress has helped thus far, but we cannot bank on that funding being available in the future. The ongoing budget deficit projected by economists underscores our need to fully reopen Michigan’s economy and get people back to work, smartly, safely, and as soon as possible.

“With our state fully open for business, we can ensure the necessary funding to provide every Michigan student a quality, safe education, and that remains my top goal. Until then, we must do what we can with what we have to prioritize K-12 education funding as we continue our work on balancing the state’s next budget. I am especially focused on ensuring student access no matter where they learn, and on fully funding those school districts that are experiencing increased pupil counts.

“I am confident the Legislature and governor can work together to approve a budget that achieves our educational goals, and I am hopeful that our governor learns to trust the people she works for and fully reopens our state before it’s too late.”

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