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Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
Governor’s income tax scheme would be devastating for schools
Newly-revealed plan to take income tax refunds from the School Aid Fund will make a bad situation even worse, school experts say
LANSING, Mich. — School leaders spoke out against a bill that would take money from the School Aid Fund to pay for income tax returns, resulting in a devastating $300 per-pupil cut to education. The Tri-County Alliance for Public Education called on lawmakers to soundly reject the proposal.
“Governor Snyder’s newly-revealed proposal to siphon money from the School Aid Fund to bail out the state’s General Fund would threaten to weaken the quality of our children’s instruction, spark widespread teacher layoffs, increase class sizes and even force school closures,” said Mark Burton, Executive Director of the Tri-County Alliance. “We call on lawmakers from both parties to reject this dangerous and ill-conceived proposal, which works against Michigan’s goals of becoming a ‘top 10 education state in 10 years.’”
The Senate Fiscal Agency experts estimate that the proposal, if passed, would cut $446.2 million, or about $300 per pupil for each of Michigan’s 1.5 million students for 2017-18.
The Tri-County Alliance for Public Education is a coalition of education leaders committed to fighting for strong K-12 schools across Michigan. Comprised of Superintendents from every district in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, they are collectively responsible for educating nearly 600,000 students (approximately 40 percent of the statewide K-12 population).