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Proos talks graduation requirements and budget surplus


LANSING (WKZO) -- One west Michigan state lawmaker is proposing legislation that would allow some Michigan students to have vocational credits count more toward high school graduation. State Senator John Proos says that Senate Bill 66 is designed around the notion that not all high school graduates are necessarily headed for a four year college, but some might still pursue a skilled trade.

Proos says that, under his legislation, some students would be able to have skilled trade classes count for graduation without having to meet certain other requirements. The plan has the backing of several education and business organizations.

Also this week, Proos said that the predicted state budget surplus for this year is proof that reforms made by lawmakers and approved by Governor Rick Snyder have made a difference. However, Proos isn't taking a definite position yet on how the surplus should be used. Some want it to be spent on fixing Michigan's roads, while others are calling for a tax cut. Still others think taxpayers should be sent rebate checks. Proos says that, whatever is done, lawmakers should be prudent about it.