More dollars going to education, roads in approved budget

LANSING, MI (AP) – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a $54.5 billion state budget with a modest spending increase on education and a temporary boost in road construction funding.

The plan approved Wednesday also includes a new initiative designed to boost early literacy. The budget spends nearly $1.7 billion, or 3 percent, more than in the current year.

The increase is partly due to higher-than-expected enrollment in Michigan’s federally funded Medicaid expansion program. Programs being cut include financial incentives for the production of movies and TV shows. The budget also closes a juvenile justice facility and eliminates human services positions.

The spending plan takes effect in October.

Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature will continue talks over the summer on permanently directing at least $1.2 billion more a year toward deteriorating roads and bridges.

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