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Monday, April 4, 2011

Does Michigan demonstrate a commitment to education in spending priorities?

You be the judge...Here are some facts... This table shows that even with the proposed reductions, Michigan's Education funding remains 34% of the total state spending and of that, 60% goes to K-12.

The top five spending categories in 2011 then 2012 including the percent of the total budget in Michigan, in order, are:

1) Education - $14.4 $13.8 34%

2) Health Svcs $14.1 $13.9 34% (87% is Medicaid)

3) Human Svcs $7.0 $6.9 17% (52% is Food)

4) Transportation $3.2 $3.4 8% (77% Roads & Bridges)

5) Corrections & Public Safety $2.5 $2.5 6%

Source-The Governor’s Budget

How much does the state spend on K-12 education? K-12 spending is the largest single component of the state budget. In fiscal year 2010, Michigan spent $13.0 billion to support K-12 programs. Meanwhile, spending for community colleges and higher education have both stayed relatively flat with a slight decline. Since 2000, K-12 spending has increased.

Why should community colleges get more money? A key component of Michigan’s education system, Michigan’s 28 community colleges provide over 480,000 residents per year with affordable access to postsecondary educational opportunities. The average annual college tuition for a full-time in-district student is approximately $2,400. These institutions offer general academic courses for students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution, as well as instruction in basic skills, technical training, and customized job training to prepare students for immediate employment.

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