LANSING, Mich., Sept. 22, 2021 — The Michigan House of Representatives passed a bipartisan budget that includes historic investments in education, childcare, the economy and infrastructure. Grand Rapids and Kent County will benefit from specific projects, including:

  •     $500,000 for the Grand Rapids Public Museum Riverfront project.
  •     $7 million for the Grand Rapids Whitewater Rapids restoration project.
  •     $500,000 for the Grand Rapids Center for Transformation capital campaign.
  •     $4 million for the Kent County Sustainable Business Park.

In addition, state Rep. Rachel Hood (D-Grand Rapids) fought for statewide investments such as:

  • $10 million in lead poisoning prevention.
  • State match dollars for Double Up Food Bucks.
  • Continuation of the state’s Conservation Corps program.
  • A Green Revolving loan fund for energy efficiency in state buildings.
  • Teacher recruitment programs.
  • Veterans Home investments.
  • Increased wages for direct care workers.

“I’m proud of the bipartisan work we did to focus on our values and deliver for the people of West Michigan,” Hood said. “With these state funds secured, the region accelerates its longtime goal to deliver early childhood education and quality child care to families. We will have more resources to remediate lead from homes. Our vision for a renewed river corridor and restoring our namesake rapids will become a reality.

Michigan’s economy has remained resilient amid a global pandemic. Now, we have harnessed a unique opportunity to make transformative investments in the lives of our youngest citizens, their families and all who have been committed to serving on the front lines. We are moving Michigan forward together and raising standards that will sustain a brighter future for all in our great state.”