LANSING, Mich., July 8, 2022 —  State Rep. Shri Thanedar (D-Detroit) took part in the passage of the fiscal year 2023 state budget last week. The finalized budget is the successful result of much negotiation and collaboration. The budget includes essential expenditures on mental health, education and the city of Detroit. $46 million was provided to Wayne County for revenue sharing. Over $250 million in mental health resources were granted to Michigan students. Student teachers will now become qualified to receive a $9,600-per-semester stipend. Schools also received $500 million for increased safety measures. The budget also increases the per-pupil allocation to $9,100.

“Michiganders will greatly benefit from this budget. The education system gained an opportunity — an opportunity to enhance Michigan’s future success within the state. The student-teacher stipend will encourage the growth of educational mentors while supporting their standard of living,” Rep Thanedar said.

In addition, teen health centers received $47.3 million. $150 million was designated for mental health and health grants for schools and $20 million for a statewide capital needs assessment.

“These funds are favorable for our community. The budget provides an increased focus on mental health — this is a win that must be celebrated. The longtime disregard for mental health concerns is ending —  we have a new focus on the issue. These allocations give service and support to students to create a healthier Michigan.”