Zorn supports approval of FY 2021 state budget

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Wednesday voted to support a fiscal year 2021 budget plan that balances the state’s deficit and increases investments in important priorities like K-12 education and public safety.

“This budget balances the deficit in the wake of COVID-19 while still providing critical support to our schools and local governments — without raising taxes,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “At a time when our state and nation continue to face historic challenges, we worked together in a bipartisan way to pass a budget on time that provides important funding for services Michigan families use every day.”

Senate Bill 927 is an education omnibus budget featuring a $65 per student increase in state aid payments for all schools in addition to restoring the $175 per pupil reduction made to balance the FY 2020 budget. It also includes an additional $66 million for growing schools, $37 million for student mental health support and $3 million more for early childhood literacy.

House Bill 5396 is a general omnibus budget that increases local revenue sharing, fully funds the 2015 plan to help fix the state’s roads and deposits $35 million in the state’s rainy day fund. It also includes $20 million to ensure nursing homes have adequate personal protective equipment to protect staff and residents, $7 million to graduate at least 50 new state troopers and maintain trooper strength, $26 million for the Going Pro program to help train employees, and $30 million for Michigan Reconnect to help people complete an associate degree or skills certificate.

“Education and public safety continue to be top priorities, and this budget increases funding for schools to prepare our children for success and protects funding for local governments to support law enforcement and firefighters who protect all of us,” Zorn said. “This budget plan also supports our seniors, invests in our roads, and improves our economy.”

The budget bills now head to the governor for consideration. Michigan’s 2021 fiscal year begins on Oct. 1.