LANSING, Mich., Sept. 22, 2021 – The Michigan House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2022 budget today, which includes historic investments in child care, infrastructure, health care and economic growth.
“I’m proud of the work we’ve done with the governor and our colleagues across the aisle to deliver a budget that puts the people of Michigan first,” said House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township). “This is a far cry from the budget originally proposed last spring that would have cut funding for most departments by 75 percent. By investing in transformational projects, we set Michigan up for success for years to come and pave the way to prosperity for future generations.”
The budget passed today includes funding for over 100 local bridge projects, child care support, mortgage assistance, Michigan Reconnect and Futures for Frontliners tuition scholarship programs, lead service line replacement, high water infrastructure and dam safety grants, a wage increase for direct care workers, a two percent increase in local government revenue sharing, and a new health care disparities initiative.
“This budget is a victory for Michigan,” said state Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit), Democratic vice -chair of the Appropriations Committee. “House Democrats fought to ensure working families aren’t denied access to programs they rely on every day, and I’m proud to say we delivered. This budget doesn’t use all of the funding available to us, providing us the opportunity to continue to work together to deliver those dollars where they’re most needed.”
The two budget bills passed today, Senate Bill 82 and House Bill 4400, are now headed to the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for review.