LANSING, Mich., May 9, 2024 — The Michigan House of Representatives passed its recommended fiscal 2024-25 budget yesterday; it includes substantial investments in mental health, preventive care and access to nutritional food. House Dems are reinforcing their commitment to building stronger hometowns and investing in working Michiganders. After the vote, state Rep. Julie M. Rogers (D-Kalamazoo) issued the following statement on the budget:

“As a healthcare provider, I’m pleased to have voted for all of the state budgets, but especially HB 5556, the Department of Health and Human Services budget, which includes increased support to expand Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, resources to improve maternal health and infant health outcomes and funding for many other programs to improve the health and wellbeing of Michiganders.

Additionally, as a former county commissioner, I am thrilled there are additional funds for the revenue sharing trust fund as well as lead service line replacement grants which will help make local units of government whole for the essential public services they provide to our communities. On the heels of the destructive tornado that touched down in Kalamazoo County this past week, I am equally hopeful for the $50 million allocation for climate change-related emergency disasters in HB 5510, which would provide much needed dollars to reimburse local communities for costs incurred.”