MASB, MASA, MAISA to Legislature: Don’t Cut Schools to Pay for Roads

New Proposal Would Eliminate $725 Million Annually From the School Aid Fund

According to multiple news reports, Republicans in the State House are seeking to eliminate sales tax from fuel in order to offset an increase to the gas tax—costing the School Aid Fund $725 million annually.

All revenue raised from the gas tax increase would go to fix Michigan’s roads and infrastructure, but that fix would come at the expense of Michigan’s students, cutting about $475 per pupil.

“We cannot continue to cut public education, taking much-needed dollars out of the classroom and expect to deliver a quality education to our students,” said Kathy Hayes, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of School Boards. “Research shows that people value good roads, but not nearly as much as they value education. It’s time to put kids first.”

Nearly 75 percent of the money raised through the sales tax on gas is earmarked for schools. This new legislation would eliminate that—forcing drastic cuts to public education.

“We support fixing our roads, but we shouldn’t do it on the backs of our schools,” said William Mayes, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators. “We need to start valuing public education in Michigan and make a solid investment in our future. If we don’t, it won’t matter how nice our roads are. We won’t have anyone left in Michigan to drive on them.”

MASB, MASA and MAISA support a comprehensive plan to fix our roads, as long as it’s not at the expense of our kids and our schools.

“Our buses, parents and students rely on Michigan roads to travel safely to and from school everyday," said Dr. William Miller, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators. "We appreciate the solution that is supported by the Governor and the Senate and hope that the House will follow suit and not support a package that negatively affects school funding.”