Rep. Agema, having reserved the right to explain his protest against the passage of the bill, made the following statement:
“Mr. Speaker and members of the House:
While I supported this last year, this year no amendments were allowed
to limit it’s use. My school districts were wise in their use; however,
others were not. Schools should not be bonding for long term issues. We
must not raise taxes in this economic environment. Also, it requires a
3/4 vote to pass this according to article 9, sec 3 and MCL380.1211.
the average spending per student in michigan is $8561.00. don't you think that's ENOUGH?
i can get you a very nice PRIVATE education for less than that.
Rather than expand legal uses of sinking fund money I would far prefer to see the legislature adequately fund schools so their operating expenses are covered.