Sen. Lauwers votes for balanced 2021 state budget

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dan Lauwers on Wednesday voted to support a fiscal year 2021 budget plan that balances the state’s deficit and increases investments in important priorities like K-12 education and public safety.

“Due to Gov. Whitmer’s lockdown, Michigan’s economy has been reeling, so the budget challenges have been monumental,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “Today we passed a bipartisan solution to balance the deficit and provide critical funding without raising taxes.”

Senate Bill 927 is an education omnibus budget featuring a $65 per student increase in state aid payments for all schools in addition to restoring the $175 per pupil reduction made to balance the FY 2020 budget.

House Bill 5396 is a general omnibus budget that increases local revenue sharing and fully funds the 2015 plan to help fix the state’s roads. It includes $20 million to ensure nursing homes have adequate personal protective equipment to protect staff and residents.

The budget bills now head to the governor for consideration. Michigan’s 2021 fiscal year begins on Oct. 1.