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Police, Corrections Take Biggest Cuts In Budget-Balancing Plans

Governor Rick Snyder signed an order Wednesday to cut spending on state police, corrections, and health services as part of a plan to retire a deficit.

As we hear from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta, it was part of the governor’s annual budget presentation.

The governor says he looked to make strategic cuts that did not affect the services taxpayers care the most about.

       “So one of things I really wanted to do is protect schools, students, and local government,” he says.

K-12 schools, higher education and local governments would all see a bump in funding under the governor’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. Money for training in skilled trades would double. And more children and adults would qualify for dental care.

The governor wants the budget done by early June.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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