LANSING, 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 majority — it reflects Michigan’s values by making the largest investment in education in the state’s history, including funding for mental health resources, 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 our job courts. The legislators worked in a bipartisan fashion to deliver a timely, responsible and responsive budget that ensures federal funding stays in Michigan instead of being sent back to Washington, D.C. State Rep. Felicia Brabec (D-Pittsfield), chair of the Appropriations General Government Subcommittee, issued the following statement applauding the budget:

“All around, this budget invests in a healthier Michigan. As a clinical psychologist, there are few things more pleasant to my ears than increased funding for mental health care and mental health care professionals. We’ve secured investments that make an impact, including $250,000 to expand the organ donor registry. These allocations truly will make a difference and can save lives. As for our district wins, I am happy to announce we received $5 million for the Saline water treatment plant and another $5 million for the Ann Arbor Solar Park. However, the community favorite is the over $1 million secured for Forestbrooke Pool. This pool is beloved by our residents, especially during the summer as it serves as the heart of the community and is the perfect place to connect with neighbors and have some fun. I am ecstatic to secure these funds and to reinvest in Michigan and my community.”