- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Latest on Michigan’s state budget (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

The Michigan Legislature has passed a $54.9 billion state spending plan and directed $165 million more in aid toward the water crisis in Flint, including money to replace thousands of lead pipes that carry water into homes.

The bills will head to Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature after winning approval Wednesday night.

The budget that starts in October includes initial funds for a bailout of Detroit’s debt-ridden school district that is still under debate in the Capitol. Spending on Flint’s emergency rises to roughly $235 million.

Key components include a 1.9 percent funding boost for preK-12 education, including $60 to $120 more per student.

Republicans cite record-high spending, while Democrats say there’s not enough money for state universities and too much spending on things like cyber schools and funding to reimburse private schools for state-mandated costs.

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7:05 p.m.

The Michigan House has voted to direct $165 million more in aid toward the water crisis in Flint, including money to replace thousands of lead pipes that carry water into homes.

The spending, approved 71-37 Wednesday night, is included in a bill with money for the next state budget and the current budget. The Senate is expected to OK the legislation later in the night as the Legislature finalizes a $54.9 billion plan.

Democratic Rep. Sam Singh of East Lansing says “there are a lot of good things in the budget,” but he opposes it. He says majority Republicans turned away more than $150 million in federal funds that could have been used to help tax-paying Michigan residents.

But House Appropriations Committee Al Pscholka, a Stevensville Republican, says the budget has record-high spending on K-12 education and roads and pays down debt.

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5:45 p.m.

The Michigan Legislature is poised to approve a $54.9 billion state spending plan and direct $165 million more in aid toward the water crisis in Flint, including money to replace thousands of lead pipes that carry water into homes.

Conference committees approved two budget bills Wednesday, setting the stage for votes in the House and Senate later in the day

The budget includes initial funds for a bailout of Detroit’s debt-ridden school district that is still under debate in the Capitol. Spending on Flint’s emergency would rise to roughly $234 million.

The budget will take effect in October. Key components include a 1.9 percent funding boost for preK-12 education, including $60 to $120 more per student.

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Online:

General spending: http://1.usa.gov/1XaTLIM

Education spending: http://1.usa.gov/1OdEu7r

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