LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Gov. Rick Snyder has finished presenting his 2017 budget to the House Appropriations committee of the State Legislature.
He is proposing spending $195 million more to address Flint’s water crisis and another $165 million updating infrastructure, including lead water pipes, across the state.
The plans will be detailed in the Republican governor’s annual $54.9 billion budget presentation to the GOP-led Legislature on Wednesday.
A spokesman for Snyder, who has apologized for his administration’s role in the disaster, says the $25 million for pipe replacement in Flint is a starting point and could grow once a full analysis is done.
The governor and legislators previously directed more than $37 million toward the crisis, including funds for bottled water, filters, testing, health care and other services.
Gov. Rick Snyder is also proposing that Michigan school districts receive between $60 and $120 more per student in state funding in the next budget.
Lower-funded districts would get more, while better-funded districts would get less of an increase.
The $14 billion school aid fund would grow by 2 percent under the Republican governor’s proposal.
In the proposed budget Snyder wants to expand a program so state police troopers patrol more Michigan cities.
He says putting state police in Detroit, Flint, Pontiac and Saginaw has reduced violent crime in those cities. In his annual budget presentation Wednesday, he asked lawmakers for $1.5 million more to expand the “Secure Cities” effort into Benton Harbor, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland Park, Inkster and Muskegon Heights.
Snyder also wants to add 85 new troopers and 350 new corrections officers.
While Gov. Snyder was presenting the budget a small group of protesters gathered outside the Governor’s Capitol office. The group chanted slogans outside the empty office. Another group protested outside the House budget room while Snyder make his presentation. The protests went on without incident.