Lawmaker highlights investments in judicial system

State Rep. Jimmie Wilson, Jr. (D-Ypsilanti) speaks in support of the House budget on May 8, 2024, on the House floor in the Michigan Capitol Building.

LANSING, Mich., July 1, 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. Jimmie Wilson, Jr. (D-Ypsilanti) issued the following statement:

“I am proud of the work that I put into this budget, as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Judiciary. I would like to highlight a few sections. We are prioritizing the State Appellate Defense Office by allocating more funds to bring its operations into the modern era and provide improved workload standards. We are funding new judge positions in both Macomb and Kent counties, helping to keep cases moving forward. We are investing into “Operation Drive” to help our district courts continue to work for the people, and we are putting funding towards an eviction diversion pilot program to help fight for renters’ rights! With this budget, we are making our judicial system more efficient and fairer for all Michiganders.”