Michigan Senate increases education funding by $490 million

State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, voted today to strategically increase the 2013-14 Education Budget by $490 million. This 3.3 percent increase over last year represents a total commitment of $15.1 billion to the state’s public schools.

“The Michigan Senate is committed to ensuring every student receives a quality education,” said Pavlov, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. “This budget builds on strategic reforms we've already put in place, and invests revenue directly in the classroom.”

Pavlov voted to give K-12 education $417 million more in funding from last year. Over 45 percent of state tax dollars are going toward Michigan’s public schools, community colleges and universities. The overwhelmingly largest piece of state income and sales taxes goes to Michigan’s public education system.

Besides investing financially in our schools, Senate Republicans will also continue to push for more public school options so that parents can choose the best education for their children.