B. Carter

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 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. In response to the budget vote, state Rep. Brenda Carter (D-Pontiac) issued the following statement:

“Promises made, promises kept. That is a statement Democrats have repeated over and over, and why shouldn’t we? We have kept our promises! We’ve promised to support free breakfasts and lunches in schools, and we have. We promised to reinvest in schools by making the largest investment in education in our state’s history, making pre-K and college more affordable for every Michigander. We promised to reinvest in our state’s infrastructure, and we have. I promised to secure funding for the MLK Bridge, and I’m happy to say I have kept that promise. I was able to secure $10 million in funding for repairs to the bridge. With Dems in control of the state for the first time in nearly 40 years, our state and our district has won.”

Investments that Carter secured include:

  • $10 million for the Martin Luther King Bridge repairs.
  • $55 million for economic development in downtown Pontiac.