February 28, 2007 While construction on the new Visitors Center entrance proceeds, access for physically challenged visitors has been temporarily moved to the parking area on the west-side of the North Vault. [Photo & text: sa] The maintenance department constructed a ramp to ease access. [Photo & text: sa]
Road repairs. The new plan accelerates the timeline for desperately needed improvements, spending $4 billion overall on road repairs next budget year. Projects must be done on time and on budget, with strengthened warranties to ensure quality. Workforce development. Michigan students will have more opportunities to train for high-demand jobs and higher wages through a $100 million program Gov. Rick Snyder has named the Marshall Plan for Talent. It’s part of the strategy to continue Michigan’s economic comeback, which has seen unemployment drop from 14.6 percent in June 2009 to under 5 percent this spring. The legislation advances to the governor for his consideration. Categories: Daire Rendon News,News Support for families. More money will be invested to support access to health care, including mental health services. Investments also will be increased in programs for children and seniors. ### 12Jun Rep. Rendon: State budget supports Camp Grayling, other northern Michigan needs Savings for taxpayers. While investing more in top priorities, overall the state is spending less in the next budget year than during the current year. Budgets for several state departments will decline as state government becomes more efficient and eliminates waste. State Rep. Daire Rendon was successful in her efforts to include financial help for Camp Grayling and its law enforcement training site in a state budget given final legislative approval today.Rendon helped secure $75,000 to improve a facility used to train law enforcement officers from across northern Michigan at Camp Grayling. She also helped secure $125,000 to remove trees as a safety precaution near the Grayling Army Airfield, an important general aviation center used by both civilian and military aircraft.“Supporting Camp Grayling is vital to our military, which is important in itself,” said Rendon, of Lake City. “But the impact of these investments goes well beyond Camp Grayling. They are important to the economy and the safety of our entire community.”Rendon said the new state budget will save taxpayers money overall while improving Michigan’s economic future, schools and roads. Some of the other highlights for the budget year beginning Oct. 1 include:New resources will help struggling schools get better and allow good schools to flourish. More than a quarter of the overall budget proposal goes to K-12 schools, with $14.8 billion — including the largest annual per-student increase in 15 years, ranging from $120 to $240 per student. Early literacy and support for academically at-risk students are priorities.