Governor Rick Snyder is preparing to sign Michigan's $53 billion spending plan for the budget year starting in about three months.
The Republican governor has scheduled a Tuesday afternoon ceremony to sign the $15.8 billion education budget bill on the steps of the Capitol in Lansing. He also may sign the $37.5 billion budget bill that covers all other state spending if it's proofed in time.
The overall state budget includes sizable funding boosts for public universities, local governments and a preschool program for low-income 4-year-olds. There's also more for K-12 schools, which Republicans are touting and critics say isn't enough given rising payments districts must make for retiree pension and health care coverage.
Snyder also is expected to veto some provisions in the budget bills.