Lansing, Mich., Dec. 4, 2019, — The Michigan House passed two critical needs supplemental budget bills today with overwhelming bipartisan support.
“House Democrats have continually worked to bring this budget impasse to an end as countless Michiganders’ lives, and taxpayer dollars, have been hanging in limbo,” said House Democratic Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills). “This supplemental restores funding for the priorities our residents care about most: our schools, our environment and access to health care.”
While there is more work to be done, this is a step in the right direction and addresses some of the most critical pieces of the budget. The omnibus supplemental budget will restore over $459 million dollars in funding for vetoed items including PFAS and emerging contaminants monitoring and testing, Autism intervention programs, county jail reimbursement, and rural hospitals.
The School Aid supplemental budget restores funding for isolated school districts, the Michigan Tuition Grant Program, literacy coaches and other vital, school-related line items. A full analysis of the supplemental budgets can be found on the House Fiscal Agency website.
“Passing these supplemental budgets is the right thing to do for the people of Michigan”, said Democratic vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo). “There’s more work to be done, but all through the budget process, we held the line for the things that matter most to the people in our communities. We will always advocate to make sure Michiganders come out on top.”
The supplemental budgets will now go to the Senate for consideration, with a vote expected early next week.