Puri floor speech

LANSING, Mich., June 29, 2023 — The Michigan House of Representatives passed the state’s fiscal 2023-24 budget yesterday. 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, 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. In response to the budget vote, state Rep. Ranjeev Puri (D-Canton), chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, issued the following statement:

“As chair of the Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee, it was an honor to get the chance to work firsthand on this budget. This budget reinvests in Michigan’s local roads, bridges and infrastructure; local bus operations; new technology and mobility; and stormwater mitigation. In addition to all these statewide wins, this budget also provides $14 million to municipalities and organizations in our district. The township will receive $7 million to build a new fire station, making our community safer, and another $5 million for Canton road repair. There will also be $2 million to renovate an old township building for a center to construct house programming for youth with histories of trauma, substance use and juvenile delinquency issues. Plymouth-Canton Schools will also receive an additional $15.7 million due to the passing of the historic education budget. These are big wins for the state and the district.”

Canton Township investments include:

  • $15.7 million for Plymouth-Canton schools.
  • $7 million for the Canton Township Fire Department.
  • $5 million for the Canton Township ASR Road Repair Fund.
  • $2 million for the Canton Township & Western Wayne Youth Center.