State Rep. Joey Andrews (D-St. Joseph) speaks in support of the fiscal 2023-24 budget at the Michigan Capitol on June 28, 2023.

ST. JOSEPH, Mich., June 28, 2023 – The Michigan House of Representatives passed the state’s fiscal 2023-24 budget today. This is the first budget in 40 years crafted by a Democratic trifecta — it reflects Michigan’s values by making the largest investment in education in the state’s history, including free breakfast and lunch for every public school student and affordable pre-K, as well as substantial investments in workforce recruitment and retention, water infrastructure, and public safety. The legislators worked in a bipartisan fashion to deliver a timely, responsible budget that ensures federal funding stays in Michigan instead of being sent back to Washington, D.C. State Rep. Joey Andrews (D-St. Joseph) issued the following statement applauding the budget:

“Today, Michigan Democrats accomplished something we haven’t seen in decades: a state budget that truly invests directly in Michiganders that reflects our values. This budget serves every Michigander, from Benton Harbor to Detroit to Marquette — it includes transformational investments in public safety, infrastructure, our schools and teachers, and so much more. I’ve listened to the concerns of my constituents, community leaders and stakeholders, securing critical funding for key projects across House District 38. I’ve secured funding for the first step to repower the Palisades Nuclear Plant, ensuring hundreds of jobs with amazing benefits and family-sustaining wages are protected.”

Investments Andrews secured include the following: 

  • $150 million for Palisades Nuclear Plant.
  • $1 million for a waste transfer facility. 
  • $400,000 for Lincoln Township sidewalks and trails.
  • $200,000 for New Buffalo disc golf.
  • $200,000 for a Berrien County Jail study.
  • $200,000 for St. Joe shoreline coastal management.