LANSING, Mich., April 24, 2023 — The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education and Community Colleges proposed and voted out budget recommendations last week. State Rep. Samantha Steckloff (D-Farmington Hills), chair of the subcommittee, introduced House Bills 4303 and 4304 last month — the legislation proposes the higher education and community college budgets for fiscal year 2023-24. Included in the recommendations are a net increase of $99.5 million for state university operations, $15 million more for community college operations and a $50 million increase into the postsecondary scholarship fund.
“It’s crucial we make the necessary investments in our higher education system, because today’s well-educated, empowered students make for tomorrow’s highly-skilled, strong workforce,” Steckloff said. “That’s why our budget includes substantial appropriations for increased funding for scholarships, student mental health support and the school employee retirement system. Budget season is always busy; however, it’s also a very exciting time because the Legislature is working hard to make advancements in Michigan’s future.”