Senator: Snyder not expected to cut education, local aid

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Looking up at the rotunda ceiling inside the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is not expected to cut school districts’ per-pupil funding or revenue sharing to local governments to address a shortfall in the current state budget.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Dave Hildenbrand also says universities and community colleges are safe from spending reductions being announced Wednesday. It’s the same day the Republican governor also will propose his next budget.

The Snyder administration has been meeting with leaders of the Republican-led Legislature’s budget panels. Once Snyder issues his budget-cutting executive order, the committees can approve or reject it.

School aid revenue in the budget is $36 million above estimates, but revenue in the state’s other main fund is $325 million below projections.

Hildenbrand, a Lowell Republican, says the cuts will hit new programs and existing programs that saw big funding increases.

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