Snyder plans 75 percent career training rise

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder will ask Michigan lawmakers to significantly boost spending on skilled trades training and career technical education in this week’s budget proposal.

Administration officials tell The Associated Press that Snyder’s plan will call for $36 million more for trades education and career planning. That’s 75 percent more than in the current fiscal year.

The Republican governor will propose his $54 billion spending plan Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said Monday that the funding increase reflects Snyder’s focus on positioning Michigan to “the leader” in addressing a skills gap.

He will propose doubling a $10 million skilled trades fund that partially covers businesses’ training costs. Snyder also wants $18 million more for a program in which students earn a high diploma and a higher degree or certificate in five years.

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