LANSING, Mich., June 28, 2023 — The Michigan House of Representatives passed the state’s fiscal year 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, provides free breakfast and lunch for every public school student and affordable pre-K, as well as makes 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. Christine Morse (D-Texas Township) issued the following statement applauding the budget:
“As chair of the Subcommittee for the Department of Health and Human Services, I am proud to see that so many of the House recommendations were included in the final budget. We took a statewide approach and were able to include projects in every part of the state. In addition, we were able to provide record funding for maternal and infant health, increase access to behavioral health services, and increase support for our public health, child welfare and juvenile justice systems. I am grateful to state Sen. Sylvia Santana and DHHS for coming to the table and working together in a collaborative way. This led to a robust and well-rounded budget that will help support the most vulnerable citizens in Michigan.
“This responsibly crafted budget is a generation-changer. The investments we’re making will meaningfully impact the people of Michigan today and for many, many tomorrows to come. I’m also extremely grateful that Texas Township is receiving over $2 million in grants for flooding infrastructure, plus investments for the city of Portage Farmers Market. The entire state and our community have a lot to celebrate.”