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Michigan budget deal: More for roads, school safety, savings

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration and key lawmakers struck a budget deal Thursday that includes using a surplus to spend hundreds of millions of dollars more on road work and school-safety initiatives while also padding the state’s savings account.

The framework covers spending levels for areas of the budget. Now legislators on House-Senate conference committees will iron out details so the Republican-led Legislature can vote as soon as the first week of June.

Under the terms of the deal, the state will spend $400 million more than anticipated on infrastructure in the next fiscal year, primarily on roads and bridges, said state budget office spokesman Kurt Weiss. Negotiators also agreed to Snyder’s proposed base K-12 funding increase of $120 to $240 per student, the largest increase for lower-funded districts in 17 years.

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