Rep. Tate supports investment in Michigan’s economic recovery, schools

DETROIT, Mich., Feb. 12, 2021 — Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit), the Democratic Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, joined Michigan House Democrats in applauding the economic and education priorities outlined by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in her budget presentation to the Legislature Thursday.

The executive budget, which will now be reviewed by the Legislature, calls for significant increases in economic recovery and education funding – marking the largest investment in K-12 schools in Michigan to date. Last week, Tate proposed an amendment to the supplemental budget to include much of the funding that was recommended by Whitmer yesterday.

“Our governor has once again shown her commitment to the people of Michigan is more than just words,” said Tate. “She has recommended a budget that is a clear reflection of our values, with investments in programs that are vital to ensuring our state remains on the path to recovery. I look forward to working with my colleagues in committee to make this a reality.”

Budget priorities Tate endorsed include:

  • $200 million for schools faced with declining enrollment.
  • $370 million for increased access to affordable child care.
  • $300 million to fix Michigan bridges.
  • $120 million for the Michigan Reconnect program.
  • $60 million for the Futures for Frontliners program.
  • $120 million for summer learning options, including school and camps.
  • $55 million for a statewide Filters First program.
  • Making the $2/hour wage increase for direct care workers permanent.
  • Covering the cost for sickle cell anemia treatment for all Michigan residents who need it.
  • Increased revenue sharing for local government.