Byrnes Floor Speech

The Michigan House of Representatives passed the state’s fiscal 2023-24 budget this week and it includes $20 million in direct resources for House District 15, which encompasses Dearborn Heights and the west end of Dearborn. In response to the budget allocations, state Rep. Erin Byrnes (D-Dearborn) issued the following statement:

“I am thrilled that Dearborn and Dearborn Heights have received $15 million combined for the construction of two new fire stations. The health and wellbeing of our residents is my top priority, and our first responders are deserving of state-of-the-art facilities. I have worked hard to secure these funds and will continue to advocate for every available resource to enhance the quality of life in our community. With Dems in control, the state and our district have won with this budget.” 

The total Investments that Byrnes secured includes: 

  • $10 million for a new fire station in Dearborn Heights. 
  • $5 million for a new fire station in Dearborn. 
  • $3.2 million for the Dearborn Public Health Authority Initiatives. 
  • $1 million for HYPE Athletics. 
  • $500,000 for Community-Based Crisis Response Pilot Grants. 

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 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.