Rep Kelly notes key progress in current legislative term

first_img Categories: Kelly News,News State Rep. Tim Kelly is pleased to see the progress made during the current legislative session, especially the key issues noted in the 2017-18 Action Plan.“We emphasized during the House Republican Action Plan’s announcement in February that we are focused on common-sense issues to help the people of Michigan,” said Kelly, who chaired the Policy Development Committee. “Putting more money in classrooms helps every family. Investing more in our water and sewer systems helps every home. Expanding our career and jobs training programs helps every worker.“We are continuing to move Michigan forward.”The Action Plan, titled “The Best Way Forward,” emphasized five principles geared toward better spending of taxpayer funds, working closely with local governments and school districts, growing the economy through economic development and improving quality of life.Specifically, Rep. Kelly noted the following legislative highlights:With the education budget being approved in June, Michigan K-12 schools are receiving $27 million more for the upcoming 2017-18 school year in per-pupil funding.Legislation was signed into law to strengthen the retirement plans for existing and new state education employees, in addition to opening a new hybrid pension plan with less long term liability risks.Allocating a record $450 million in the 2017-18 budget for road repair and construction.Approving $35 million for the Michigan Infrastructure Fund to be used to address the state’s water, transportation, energy and communications needs.Legislation advanced to expand career opportunities and education in skilled trades by allowing high school courses for computer coding, statistics and other 21st Century Skills to qualify for K-12 graduation.“A lot of work has been done in Lansing to set the table for the state over the next year and beyond,” said Kelly, who also served as the chair of the House Education Reform Committee. “This is progress, not a ‘mission accomplished’ because we have many other key issues affecting families in the Saginaw region and beyond.”### 08Aug Rep. Kelly notes key progress in current legislative termlast_img

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