Rep. Alabas Farhat speaks at a podium on the Michigan House floor.

LANSING, Mich., May 13, 2024 — The Michigan House of Representatives passed its fiscal 2024-25 budget last Wednesday. By funding the Public Safety and Violence Prevention Trust Fund, tackling our state’s housing crisis, and strengthening public health, this budget reflects House Democrats’ commitment to bolstering strong hometowns. After passage of the House budget, state Rep. Alabas Farhat (D-Dearborn) issued the following statement:

“The House budget puts the people of Michigan first and reflects values that families across our state have expressed. Record investments in our schools, new spending on our roads, and the establishment of an $111 million Public Safety and Violence Prevention Trust Fund respond to what residents have been asking for.

“Making Michigan the best place to live starts with empowering our hometowns and investing in our people. This budget invests in our communities today and positions them to take advantage of every opportunity in the future.”

The House budget includes a number of investments to improve the quality of life for Michiganders, specifically:

  • $110.9 million for the Public Safety and Violence Prevention Trust Fund to keep recruiting, training, and retaining qualified public safety officers across Michigan.
  • $82.2 million for drinking water and wastewater projects, as well as disaster relief funding to help local governments better respond to natural events caused by climate change.
  • $4 million to double funding for the Double Up Food Bucks program and $3 million for expansion into grocery stores and farmer’s markets so more Michiganders can access healthy food.
  • $50 million for lead service line replacement to remove and replace lead lines in the poorest 10% of Michigan communities.