Rep. Michele Hoitenga today said she will continue to focus on improving roads and supporting local communities as the process of developing the state’s next budget plan continues.Hoitenga this week voted in favor of a Michigan House plan that continues record-level funding for road improvements and makes other investments to improve the economy while reducing overall spending in state government. The House – along with the Senate and Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration – will continue work toward a final budget plan in the coming months.“What matters most to families in Mecosta, Osceola and Wexford counties is what matters most to me,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “Fixing our roads, helping people find and keep good-paying jobs, supporting local government services – that’s what I’ll be fighting for as we continue the budget process.”The House plan for the budget year beginning Oct. 1 includes:Road repairs. Funding will rise to the highest levels in Michigan history as the state addresses one of its most urgent needs. Overall, the state will have pumped more than $2 billion in additional funds into roads and bridges over a three-year period by the upcoming budget year – with more money coming in the future. Hoitenga also supports measures designed to make roads last longer and distribute road money more effectively. ### Veterans services. Support for those who served in the military is enhanced, including funding for grants to counties for local-level services. Local communities. The House plan provides more support to local governments through revenue sharing payments than proposed by the governor. “Revenue sharing helps communities provide services we all rely on,” Hoitenga said. “I will continue to fight for this important funding.” House Bills 5578-9 advance to the Senate as work to finalize the next state budget continues. Categories: Hoitenga News,News 26Apr Rep. Hoitenga: Focus on roads, communities, veterans as Michigan budget process continues Education. The plan increases funding for schools with a focus on workforce training.