LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder proposed an ambitious budget Thursday that asks Michigan drivers to pay higher taxes and fees to fix bad roads, expands Medicaid to uninsured adults and socks away more money for a rainy day.

The Republican's $50.9 billion spending plan, which needs approval from the GOP-led Legislature, also calls for a bigger state police force, more spots in preschool for at-risk kids and a modest funding boost for public education.

Snyder said it is a responsible, balanced budget that reflects Michigan is "turning the corner" after a decade of job losses. He cautioned that the state is not out of the woods given fiscal problems in Washington and in some struggling Michigan cities and schools.

"We're building a long-term path to financial stability and success," he told lawmakers who sit on House and Senate budget committees. "Too often when we tend to come out of a recession, it's easy to go back to old habits."

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