LANSING, Mich., May 11, 2023 — The Michigan House of Representatives passed its recommended fiscal 2023-24 state and school aid budgets yesterday. This is the largest ever proposed budget, making it the most comprehensive investment ever made in the people of Michigan. It reinvests in the people of this state, uplifts local communities and bolsters public safety. After the budget passed in the House, state Rep. John Fitzgerald (D-Wyoming) issued the following statement on the budget:
“We have a great deal to celebrate today with the passage of this budget. It advances investments that will strengthen Michigan by putting residents and communities first and help to revitalize our special, diverse corner of Wyoming. A world-class public education system, a flourishing working class and a strong public health sector are the key components of a thriving community. Our budget allocates investments in those three key areas and so much more.”
The House Budget Includes:
- $30 million to fund one-stop-shops for students at universities and community colleges to access public benefits and grants, specifically food, housing and mental health supports.
- Funding through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for a 10% increase in direct care worker wages to those who provide hands-on assistance and affordable, quality health care to Michiganders across our state.
- Increases in discretionary per-pupil funding for mental health and student safety — $300 million over two years specifically for mental health, and $318 million over two years specifically for student safety.