LANSING, Mich., Sept. 22, 2021 — The Michigan House of Representatives passed a budget for the upcoming fiscal year with historic investments in health care, child care and infrastructure. The budget includes over $200 million to fix or replace local bridges, provides a permanent wage increase for direct care workers, expands eligibility for the Child Care and Development Program to over 105,000 additional children and increased funding to programs ranging from supporting police officers to public universities.
The budget, which included allocating $1 million to the city of Flint to combat blight, was negotiated for months and will head to Gov. Whitmer’s desk for her signature. State Rep. Cynthia Neeley (D-Flint) issued the following statement:
“This budget proves that elected officials in Lansing can still get things done for people across Michigan. I am proud to support the latest budget, which goes a long way in supporting families in communities like my own. This budget includes $1 million to alleviate the problem of blight in Flint and ensure that our citizens can live in safe and welcoming neighborhoods. There is still work to be done, but this budget will help people across our district and the state. Despite disagreements and discussions along the way, we were able to come together and deliver for Michigan families.”