Statement on GOP Education Budget
May 22, 2019
Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released the following statement supporting the Assembly Republican education budget priorities. The caucus announced their position on K-12 education during a press conference at the Capitol. The proposal provides an additional $200 per pupil in the first year and $204 per pupil in the second year. It also increases funding for special education, mental health programs and high cost transportation.
“This is a kid-friendly budget. We’re increasing funding of our public schools and building on last session’s historic investment that topped $11.4 billion. Our budget plan continues to ensure these dollars go directly into the classroom.
“When we started the current budget process, we made it clear; our spending plan wouldn’t raise sales or income taxes. It also wouldn’t expand welfare. The Assembly Republican education budget shows we can live within our means and deliver results in classrooms across the state.
“In addition to more funding for special education and mental health programs, this budget recommits the state to two-thirds funding of K-12 schools. We made that promise at the beginning of the session and are now delivering on that promise.
“This budget proposal should generate broad, bipartisan support. I look forward to the vote by the Joint Committee on Finance tomorrow.”