Budget Floor Speech

LANSING, Mich., June 28, 2023 — The Michigan House of Representatives passed the state’s fiscal 2023-24 budget today. This is the first budget in 40 years crafted by a Democratic trifecta — it reflects Michigan’s values by making the largest investment in education in the state’s history, including free breakfast and lunch for every public school student and affordable pre-K, as well as substantial investments in workforce recruitment and retention, water infrastructure, and public safety. The legislators worked in a bipartisan fashion to deliver a timely, responsible budget that ensures federal funding stays in Michigan instead of being sent back to Washington, D.C. In response to the budget vote, state Rep. Matt Koleszar (D-Plymouth) issued the following statement:

“As a teacher-turned-legislator, and chair of the House Education Committee, I’m happy to see the largest investment in education in state history, and I’m proud that I got the chance to vote yes on it. This budget will not only provide affordable preschool for kids, it will ensure that no kids go hungry during the school day by providing free school breakfast and lunch for all students.

“That’s not all. This budget brings funding to our district too. I was able to secure nearly $15 million for our district. These funds will allow people to enjoy concerts at Kellogg Park, seniors to enjoy their community center in Livonia, our community to be safer though an additional police cruiser, and economic development opportunities to come to our district. This budget is a win for Michigan and a win for our district.”

Investments that Koleszar secured include:

  • $4.5 million for the Livonia Senior Center.
  • $200,000 for Kellogg Bandshell.
  • $100,000 for Northville Maybury park facilities upgrades.
  • $50,000 for a Plymouth Police Department cruiser.
  • $10 million for the 5-mile Livonia Development.