Michigan's experts in finance agreed today, there's about a billion dollars of added revenue available over a three year span for the state government.
A Grand Rapids state representative told WOOD Radio that's proof enough that appropriations to K-12 schools should be increased. Democrat Winnie Brinks explained "they were cut badly three years ago. It was a personal priority of mine, one of the reasons I ran was to refocus and make education a priority again." Brinks said she knows bringing about that change is an uphill battle but "we've been told time and time again that the reason we aren't spending more on education is because the money's not there. That's simply not true if there's a surplus."
Brinks agrees with others in her caucus regarding other potential changes, given the increased revenues. "I'd like to see us do some tax relief for middle class families. I'd like to hear talk about the Earned Income Tax Credit or pension tax."