Photograph of Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit) sitting at her desk on the House floor, Feb. 15, 2024.

State Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit) sitting at her desk on the House floor, Feb. 15, 2024.

LANSING, Mich., May 13, 2024 — Last week, the Michigan House of Representatives passed its version of the fiscal 2024-25 budget. It includes substantial investments at the local-level, making a difference for Michiganders across the state.

House Democrats continue backing up their promises to invest in strong hometowns and strong Michiganders, giving everyone the chance to thrive. After voting on the budget, state Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit) issued the following statement:

“The approach of a locally focused budget by Democrats is a smart one. We’re looking out for Michiganders, meeting their needs right where they are, putting resources right in their own communities for them. When we focus on putting people first, we’re making a difference in the everyday lives of every Michigander. We’re still lowering the costs for people and putting more money back into their pockets, positively impacting the communities in which they live, work, have fun and go to school.”

Budget highlights passed by the House include:

  • $200 million in funding to increase housing stock and affordability. We need to act now to stop the housing crisis in Michigan.
  • $4 million for Double Up Food Bucks — this is a significant increase. Plus, $3 million in DHHS for expansion into grocery stores and farmer’s markets. This means more healthy food for more Michiganders.
  • $82.2  million for water infrastructure projects, investing in drinking water and wastewater projects; clean water is a must for public and personal safety and wellbeing.
  • $15 million for community and neighborhood organizations.
  • $110.9 million for the Public Safety Trust Fund, making your backyard safer.