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House plan to fix roads would divert millions from local school districts
LANSING, Mich. – Shortchanging Michigan’s 1.5 million public school students to pay for road repairs is bad policy and would stymie efforts to build a highly skilled workforce.
New estimates show staggering sums would be diverted from local school districts under a plan approved by the Michigan House last week. For example, Saginaw schools would lose an estimated $3.4 million a year if a House plan to divert sales tax to fix roads goes through, Lowell schools would give up $1.8 million, Marquette would be out $1.5 million a year, while Ann Arbor schools would lose $7.8 million.
“Enough is enough. Our kids must have the skills needed in a 21st century economy so that they can compete. This plan shortchanges our kids and our future,’’ said Gilda Z. Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy. (more…)