Coffia highlights housing, mental health care and child care

State Rep. Betsy Coffia (D-Traverse City) working with legislative colleagues on the House floor of the Michigan Capitol.

LANSING, Mich., July 8, 2024 — The Michigan Legislature passed the final state budget for the 2025 fiscal year ahead of the legally required July 1 deadline. 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. Betsy Coffia (D-Traverse City) issued the following statement:

“This budget is a big win for our communities. Not only were we able to allocate $100 million for much-needed housing projects across the state, but I was also able to secure $5 million in funding to address housing needs for our educators and support staff – in partnership with my Senate counterpart, state Sen. John Damoose. As the proud granddaughter of two combat veterans, I was also thrilled that we were able to provide $2.5 million for homeless veterans and their families to help eliminate homelessness for those who have served our country. Additionally, I am proud to have multiple nurses and health care professionals in my family and I know how crucial their work is, so I’m excited to see that the state is further addressing the nursing shortage and supporting essential workers with $9.2 million for a nursing school student loan repayment program and $8.1 million to increase wage rates for private duty nursing staff. With this budget, we are truly putting the people of Michigan first.”