Rep Canfield House committee advance budget plan for Michigan

first_img State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O. of Sebewaing joined the House Appropriations Committee this week in approving a Michigan budget plan that makes health care more efficient and invests more in schools and communities.Canfield chairs the budget subcommittee for the Department of Health and Human Services. The budget plan recommends that the state’s Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans move from a 10-plan model to a single-plan model. The goal is efficiency and effectiveness, with the state being able to spend less on administrative costs and more on services for Michigan residents.The proposed health budget is conservative because of uncertainty over the future of Medicaid funding at the federal level.“If there are changes at the federal level, there could be big changes at the state level,” Canfield said of possible changes to the federal Affordable Care Act. “It is wise for us to have a conservative budget this year.”Other highlights of the House plan for the 2017-18 budget year:Michigan’s public schools would get $100 more per student, raising the funding for K-12 education in the state to an all-time high of $14.3 billion. Career and technical training is a special focus to help prepare Michigan students for jobs of the future.Revenue sharing for local communities would rise by 5 percent, a $12.4 million increase compared to current spending levels.Public safety will be enhanced through the addition of 100 Michigan State Police troopers.Even with more investment in key areas, the overall House plan calls for spending less state money in the next budget cycle than we do today.Michigan’s “rainy day” fund would get another deposit, pushing the total amount in the emergency account above $1 billion.The budget plan advances to the House floor for consideration.“I am happy to put out a good budget, and I look forward to working with the Senate and the governor’s administration to resolve points of difference,” Canfield said.### Categories: Canfield News,News 28Apr Rep. Canfield, House committee advance budget plan for Michiganlast_img

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