O’Brien Comments on Senate’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Senator Margaret O'Brien

Senator Margaret O’Brien

LANSING, Mich. — State Senator Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, released the following statement after the Senate approved its fiscal year 2019 budget on Thursday:

“This budget is a ‘win’ for taxpayers that not only makes important investments but also saves more than $230 million. We continue to prioritize our children’s education, and this is the largest investment made in K-12 education funding in state history at $14.7 billion.

“Additionally, since 2017 we have put $2.1 billion into our roads. There is still more to do there, but we have made significant progress toward making our roads better and are committed to improving our state’s infrastructure.

“We have also made an effort to address mental health, especially in our schools. I am proud that we have secured $500,000 more to expand the OK2SAY program throughout the state. This is a great tool for students to anonymously submit tips about safety issues. Finally, we have approved a pilot program to place mental health professionals in schools, because it is important that we are addressing the issues our children face before it turns to violence.”

Audio remarks from Senator O’Brien will be available at https://www.senatormargaretobrien.com/audio.