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Politics & Government

How Michigan's new $54.9 billion budget will affect you

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Gov. Rick Snyder signed the $54.9 billion FY 2017 budget this week.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Detroit school children, Flint residents and residents across Michigan will be affected when the next state budget takes effect in three months.

  Gov. Rick Snyder signed the $54.9 billion spending plan this week. It touches many corners of Michigan life - from spending on public schools and road repairs to increased dental coverage for low-income children and more troopers patrolling highways.

  Per-pupil grants for K-12 schools will increase by between $60 and $120. The gap between wealthier and poorer districts will shrink.

  You will see more orange barrels on the road. The transportation budget includes an extra $218 million in spending, a 5.6 percent increase, because of fuel tax and vehicle registration fee hikes that will begin in January.

  An additional $165 million will be spent on Flint's water crisis.

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