Lawmaker highlights housing, public safety

Rep. Whitsett speaking to reporters.

State Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit) speaks to reporters on Wednesday, June 27, 2024, at the state Capitol in Lansing.

LANSING, Mich., July 2, 2024 — The Michigan Legislature passed the final state budget for the 2025 fiscal year ahead of the legally required July 1 deadline. Democratic leaders crafted a budget focused on strategic, targeted investments that improve the lives of people and hometowns across Michigan without raising taxes. After the vote, state Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit) issued the following statement:

“I stand by a budget that brings necessary investments to my district and the Detroit community. As state representative for the 4th District, it’s imperative that I continue to focus my efforts on tangible solutions for affordable, equitable housing, decreasing violence in our neighborhoods, and growing our local economy by building partnerships with city and state stakeholders within my community.”

“The 2024 state budget reflects my commitment to these critical issues by allocating much-needed financial resources to programs such as:

– City of Detroit’s Street Maintenance and Cleanup: $5 million

– Detroit Rescue Mission: $1.5 million

– Detroit PAL: $250,000

“I sponsored House Bill 5827 on unemployment insurance benefits, which would increase state unemployment benefits from 20 to 26 weeks for claimants. This bill passed the House on the same day as the budget. In addition to HB 5827, I’ve also supported HB 4431 and 4432. Our steps with these investments today are building the Michigan we all want to see tomorrow.”