New state budget takes aim on everything from roads and schools to its hunters
Sun, 16 Jun 2013 14:00:04 GMT —
The state budget that takes effect in 3 ½ months will impact everything from Michigan's roads and the school calendar to its hunters.
The Republican-crafted spending plan was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday.
It includes the first significant increase in hunting and fishing license fees since 1997. The plan also makes school districts provide at least 175 days of instruction, five more than the current year.
Overall spending will rise about 1 percent. Universities can't raise tuition more than 3.75 percent without risking some funding.
Another highlight includes a significant boost in money for road and bridge repairs. But it's a one-time expenditure and about a quarter of what Snyder says is needed year in and year out to get Michigan's roads up to par.