Lansing, Mich., May 11, 2023 — The Michigan House of Representatives passed a historic budget yesterday that makes transformative investments in education, infrastructure and workforce development. Highlights include expanding access to pre-K, increases in mental health resources for young people, record support for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, expansion of local road funding, hiring more state troopers, and investments in skilled trade training programs.

Preliminary wins for Genesee County in the House budget include funds for the Tommy’s Heart Memorial Foundation to conduct heart screenings on student-athletes, construction of a new industrial park in Montrose that will create hundreds of jobs, tobacco and drug use prevention programs, lead pipe replacement, and more hospital beds for Memorial Hospital in neighboring Shiawassee County. Continued work will be done with the Senate on funds for a new Beecher High School, increased investment for the office of the Genesee County Prosecutor and programs through the Greater Flint Health Coalition.

State Rep. Jasper Martus (D-Flushing) sits on the House Appropriations Committee and serves as vice chair of the subcommittees on Health and Human Services, Labor and Economic Opportunity, and Agriculture and Natural Resources.

“My staff and I have put in countless hours of work on building a budget that prioritizes working families across Michigan and will benefit the people of Genesee County,” Martus said. “So far, we have succeeded. The process is not yet over, but we are in a strong position to deliver a state budget that reverses the trend of recent decades defined by underinvestment in Michigan and overlooking working families.”

The House’s passage of its version of the state budget was the first step in the budget process. Over the next month, the House will negotiate with the Senate and the governor on the final state budget for the next fiscal year.