Lawmaker highlights investments in hometowns, public safety and mental health

State Rep. Erin Byrnes (D-Dearborn) speaks on May 7, 2024, on the House floor in the Michigan Capitol Building.

LANSING, Mich., July 11, 2024 — The Michigan Legislature recently passed the final state budget for the 2025 fiscal year. Democratic leaders crafted a budget focused on strategic, targeted investments that improve the lives of people and hometowns across Michigan without raising taxes. After the vote, state Rep. Erin Byrnes (D-Dearborn) issued the following statement:

“Supporting our hometowns is at the center of this budget. At the heart of this budget is a focus on keeping our communities safe and bolstering the economies of our  hometown main streets. This can be seen in the investments made in the 15th House District. Through this budget, I was able to secure funding for public safety through bold health initiatives, security infrastructure, as well as critical infrastructure upgrades for pedestrian pathways. Through these investments, we are making our communities healthier, safer, and more walkable for residents. We also supported education programs by providing funding for career and technical education programs, as well as funding to the Salina Intermediate School for an outdoor space, providing students with much needed recreation area. HYPE Athletics received funding to expand its programming and reach more young people in Dearborn Heights and the broader metro area. This budget was a huge win for the communities of Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.”

The fiscal year 2024-25 budget includes several budget wins for the cities of Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, including:

  • $6 million city of Dearborn health and security infrastructure.
  • $500,000 for critical infrastructure projects such as pedestrian pathways in Dearborn.
  • $2.5 million for Dearborn CTE program.
  • $1.5 million for Dearborn Salina Intermediate School outdoor space.
  • $1 million for HYPE Athletics public health programs.