LANSING, Mich., July 1, 2022 — Today, the Michigan House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2023 state budget. The finalized budget is the successful result of much negotiation and collaboration on the part of legislators and the administration — the work has paid off, as the budget agreement includes expenditures that will help Michigan grow and improve the quality of life for Michiganders. In response to the budget approval, state Rep. Christine Morse (D-Texas Township) issued the following statement: 

“As state policymakers, we have successfully put together a smart and responsible budget. It includes a grant for the replacement of Portage Fire Aerial Apparatus, which is a great win for our community. I’m glad to say that the finalized budget also includes expenditures that I supported for students, teachers and schools. There are grant monies for student mental health needs, and there’s spending to better fund districts to hire school resource officers, helping to keep our kids safe. Michigan teachers are also receiving support via MI Future Educator Fellowships and MI Future Educator Student Teacher Stipends. In these difficult economic times, I am glad we can offer additional funding for MI Reconnect and Going Pro to help workers advance training, education and opportunities. All in all, I am very glad the budget has passed and that it will help prepare Michigan for a strong year to come.”