LANSING, Mich., June 30, 2023 — The Michigan House of Representatives passed the state’s fiscal 2023-24 budget earlier this week. This is the first budget in 40 years crafted by a Democratic trifecta. It makes 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. State Rep. Jason Morgan (D-Ann Arbor) issued the following statement applauding the budget:

“For too long, underinvestment has jeopardized both Michigan’s spectacular environment and the health of its people. We secured $5 million to support the Ann Arbor Landfill Solar Project, which will produce up to 20 megawatts of renewable energy, enough to power roughly 4,000 homes. This will help the City of Ann Arbor and Pittsfield Township reach their goal of powering the local grid with 100% renewable energy. This budget also makes outstanding investments in public safety. I fought hard to secure a $500,000 grant to support community-based public safety here in Ann Arbor, which will supplement traditional police forces and address non-violent crime. This budget marks a significant reinvestment in the people of Michigan — I’m proud to support it.”