LANSING, Mich., June 28, 2023 — The Michigan House of Representatives passed the state’s fiscal year 2023-24 budget today. This is the first budget in 40 years crafted by a Democratic trifecta. It makes the largest investment in education in the state’s history, provides free breakfast and lunch for every public school student and affordable pre-K, and makes substantial investments in workforce recruitment and retention, water infrastructure, and public safety. The legislators worked in a bipartisan fashion to deliver a timely, responsible budget that ensures federal funding stays in Michigan instead of being sent back to Washington, D.C. State Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit) issued the following statement applauding the budget:

“This budget works for Detroit and our entire state. It makes behavioral health care a priority by providing over $250 million to support and expand Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics across the state. It promotes public safety through investing in freeway cameras that will help protect motorists and keep our freeways safe in Detroit. It supports community-based health initiatives, including Dearborn-based Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities and community-led climate initiatives, like The Greening of Detroit. I’m especially proud that this budget includes $10 million to restore health care for Detroit firefighter retirees. This budget will make a tangible, positive impact on our community and lay a strong foundation for the future of our state. I’m so proud to support it.”

Other  budget highlights include: 

  • $20 million for the Henry Ford Health Center. 
  • $5 million for the Detroit Medical Center.
  • $1 million for mixed-used development of Grandmont Rosedale Community.
  • $240,000 for Detroit flood prevention.