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

DETROIT, Mich., Feb. 16, 2021 — Rep. Shri Thanedar (D-Detroit) joined Michigan House Democrats in applauding the economic and education priorities outlined by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in her budget presentation to the Legislature last 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. Thanedar recently proposed an amendment to the supplemental budget to include many of the economic recovery measures recommended by Whitmer.

“This budget clearly shows our governor’s commitment to stand with Michigan workers and businesses,” said Thanedar. “This pandemic has presented unique challenges to businesses across our state, many of which are struggling to keep their doors open. Providing the support they need helps ensure that working families can continue to receive a paycheck and put food on the table.”

Budget priorities Thanedar 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.