MI House OKs $15.8 billion spending plan for schools

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Republican-led House has approved its plan outlining $15.8 billion in spending for K-12 schools, community colleges and universities.

The bill was approved 60-50 Wednesday, mostly along party lines.

Minority Democrats failed to win amendments that included giving all schools at least a $75 per-pupil increase by reducing the foundation allowance for cyber schools by 20 percent.

The House passed a general budget bill Tuesday setting $37.9 billion in spending for state departments.

The Republican-led Senate isn’t expected to vote on its spending plans until next week.

Legislative leaders aim to complete next fiscal year’s budget by early June. The budget could change drastically if voters approve a sales tax hike for road improvements on May 5 and once legislators receive revised revenue projections in mid-May.

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