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Rep Brett Roberts supports Michigans 2018 budget

first_img Lawmaker’s amendment will benefit state’s agriculture industryState Representative Brett Roberts recently voted in support of House Bills 4313 and 4323, which provide appropriations for Michigan’s budget in Fiscal Year 2018.“This budget makes significant investments in roads, education, and agriculture while still reducing unnecessary spending,” said Roberts, R-Charlotte. “Our neighbors asked for a responsible, prioritized budget, and I heard them loud and clear.”Roberts – along with Rep. Daniela Garcia of Ottawa County – amended the budget to bolster the state’s agriculture and food processing industries with an additional $3 million. The funds will be dedicated to Michigan State University, who will use the appropriation to make technological improvements to an agriculture and food processing laboratory that hasn’t been updated in decades.Renovations to the laboratory will create increased opportunities for MSU to partner with several community college partners in expanding the reach of food processing throughout theState of Michigan. The upgrades will allow 730 undergraduate students annually to engage with the facility.“Job opportunities in food processing and agriculture are continuing to grow, but many businesses are struggling to find a skilled workforce to fill those jobs,” Roberts said. “Michigan is a national leader in agriculture and food science, and improvements like this will allow our home state to protect one of its most vital industries.”The budget has been approved by the House, and is awaiting consideration by the Senate. The two chambers will soon convene conference committees to settle differences between the two versions before sending a final version to Gov. Rick Snyder for approval.##### Categories: Roberts News 04May Rep. Brett Roberts supports Michigan’s 2018 budgetlast_img read more