Rep. Morse supports investment in Michigan’s economic recovery, schools

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 11, 2021 — State Rep. Christine Morse (D-Texas Township) joined Michigan House Democrats in applauding the economic and education priorities outlined by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in her budget presentation to the Legislature Thursday.

The executive budget, which will now be reviewed by the Legislature, calls for significant increases in funding for economic recovery and education – marking the largest investment in K-12 schools in Michigan to date. The budget also proposes $40 million to combat issues related to high water levels around the state.

“Communities across our state are still struggling, and we need to provide them with the assistance they need as we continue to battle COVID-19,” Morse said. “Additionally, the dire need for increased funding for our schools has never been clearer; our students and teachers need our support now more than ever. I was also happy to see the funds allocated to combat high water levels and the resulting damages, as this has been an issue my community has dealt with for far too long.”

Specific budget priorities Morse endorsed include:

  • $200 million for schools faced with declining enrollment
  • $370 million for increased access to affordable child care
  • $300 million to fix Michigan bridges
  • $120 million for the Michigan Reconnect program
  • $60 million for the Futures for Frontliners program
  • $120 million for summer learning options, including school and camps
  • $55 million for a statewide Filters First program
  • Making the $2/hour wage increase for direct care workers permanent
  • Covering the cost for sickle cell anemia treatment for all Michigan residents who need it
  • Increased revenue sharing for local government