House OKs 4% more school funds
LANSING — A budget bill that spends about 4 percent more on public education next year is moving toward final approval in the Michigan Legislature.
The Republican-led House voted 60-50 late Wednesday for legislation funding K-12 schools, universities and community colleges.
It boosts Michigan’s per-pupil funding to districts by at least $50. The lowest-funded districts will get $175 more per student to help reduce the funding disparity among districts.
Legislators opposed to the bill want better-funded districts to get more than a $50 per-pupil increase.
The legislation also includes a nearly 6 percent overall funding hike for 15 public universities and 3 percent more for 28 community colleges.
The Senate is expected to send the bill to Gov. Rick Snyder before adjourning for much of the summer today.
12,500 to get surgery boot camp
DETROIT — About 12,500 people in Michigan will get the chance to go through a surgery boot camp in the weeks leading up to their operations as part of an effort to help them more swiftly recover from surgery and cut hospital costs, officials said.
The Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan Health System is helping roll out the program, which will be expanded to 40 Michigan hospitals. The Michigan Surgical and Health Optimization Program will help patients do things such as walk more, eat healthier and learn stress-reduction techniques.
“MSHOP is designed to help patients in the State of Michigan use this time to prepare their body and mind for surgery,” Dr. Michael Englesbe, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Michigan Health System and principal investigator, said in a statement.
The program is being funded by a $6.4 million Health Care Innovation Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Englesbe, MSQC’s associate director, and Dr. Stewart C. Wang, a University of Michigan professor of surgery, are leading the work.