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Political roundup: Pundits agree funding for Detroit Public Schools just a band aid

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Republicans and Democrats in Lansing have very different views of the budget that was unveiled.

The big news coming out of Lansing this week was the passing of a nearly $55 billion state budget, which included a $617 million in funding for the Detroit Public Schools. 

Some Republicans are praising the budget and the DPS bailout, and others like the House Education Chair State Rep. Amanda Price called it a "great day for the kids in Detroit."

As one might expect, many Democrats are unhappy with the results of the budget, specifically with the DPS money. Sen. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights, whose district includes part of Detroit said he is "ashamed to be a legislator."

In our Friday political roundup, Ken Sikkema and Susan Demas joined Stateside to talk about the DPS bailout that Sikkema calls a "very expensive band aid," the future of funding for the city of Flint and Gov. Rick Snyder's relevance in Lansing.

Listen to the full interview above. 

GUESTS Ken Sikkema is Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants Susan Demas is the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics. She tweets @sjdemas.

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