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, made permanent a wage raise for direct care workers, expanded eligibility for the Child Care and Development Program to over 105,000 more children and increased funding to programs ranging from supporting police officers to public universities. The budget, which includes funding for investments in caretaking of local tree canopies and increasing funding for elections in the city of Sterling Heights, had been negotiated for months and will head to Gov. Whitmer’s desk for her signature. State Rep. Nate Shannon (D-Sterling Heights) issued the following statement on his support for the budget and the impact it will have on his district: 


“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. From job training to child care, this budget provides much needed funding to support working families in my district and across the state. Our police officers will receive more funding which gives them much needed resources to continue keeping our community safe. I am proud that Sterling Heights will receive investments to take care of the tree canopies across our city and bolster funding for local elections. Despite disagreements and discussions along the way, we were able to come together and deliver for Michigan families.”