LANSING, Mich., May 17, 2023 — The Michigan House of Representatives passed its recommended fiscal 2023-24 state and school aid budgets last week. They include the largest investment in education in Michigan’s history and substantial investments in workforce recruitment and retention, infrastructure, and public safety. After the vote, state Rep. Carol Glanville (D-Walker) issued the following statement on the budget:
“The House passing the general and School Aid budgets is a huge accomplishment, and it illustrates commitment to reinvesting in the people of Michigan. As chair of the Higher Education committee and as a former educator, I am especially proud of the investments we are making in Michigan’s students and schools. The higher education budget includes a 6.4% increase in operations for state universities. That means Grand Valley State University, Oakland University, and the University of Michigan-Dearborn, which have historically been underfunded, would now receive the same level of funding as other institutions. This budget helps make higher education more affordable for Michiganders. This budget invests in the people of Michigan and in a brighter future for West Michigan and the entire state.”
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.