Brinks casts vote in support of better K-12 funding

No vote on education budget rejects proposal that would put students behind

LANSING — Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) today issued a statement on her decision to vote no on a proposed K-12 budget that failed to address long-overdue investments in education, students and classrooms:

“Our schools are critically underfunded. There have been multiple studies about what our schools need, and this much is clear: the proposal before the Senate today continues a pattern of inadequate investment in K-12 education. For the sake of our kids, economy and the future of this state, it’s time to pass a budget that truly invests in our K-12 education system — a solution that ultimately lowers class sizes and acknowledges that every student deserves a world-class education.

“A state budget should reflect our priorities. The governor’s proposed K-12 budget would get us closer to the type of investment our schools need. I will continue to fight for a budget that leaves the failed status quo behind and starts us on a road to improvement.”


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