Representative Schroeder Supports Michigan State’s New Budget Plan
After agreeing to record support for K-12 schools earlier this summer, the Michigan Legislature this week finalized the remainder of the state’s budget plan for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, the Michigan legislature said. State Representative Andrea Schroeder.
The plan funds key priorities including child care, workforce development, infrastructure and mental health, while making state government more accessible and accountable.
“The Legislative Assembly has had great bipartisan success in preparing budgets for the next fiscal year,” said Representative Schroeder, Independence Township. “It’s because this plan supports the shared priorities of residents of Oakland County and across the state – helping families and communities.” The past year and a half has been difficult, and this support is needed more than ever. “
The budget plan approved this week includes two bills. Senate Bill 82 was approved by a 99-6 vote in the House, while Bill 4400 was approved by a 97-8 vote.
Representative Schroeder supports budgetary priorities, including:
–Childcare and families: $ 1.4 billion in federal COVID assistance will support subsidies, temporarily increase provider reimbursement rates, and make child care programs accessible to more families. More than $ 600 million in support of COVID aid, including housing and heating assistance.
–Workforce development and economy: The Going PRO initiative will receive $ 40 million, an increase of $ 11.3 million from the current year. The Pure Michigan program will focus on stimulating business in segments of the economy that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and shutdown orders, including tourism, hospitality and recreation. Total funding is set at $ 40 million, up $ 15 million from the current year.
–Roads and infrastructure: The budget of the Ministry of Transport, mainly the financing of roads, exceeds 5.2 billion dollars. The plan transfers MDOT’s $ 195 million share of federal COVID relief transport funds to local governments to repair local bridges. There is more money for drinking water projects, dam repairs and community development.
-Mental Health: Support is being increased in a variety of ways, including $ 2.5 million to support first responders. Additional mental health support is provided to child care providers, not-for-profit mental health clinics, mental health nurse practitioners, problem-solving courts and many other programs. Schroeder, a longtime advocate for mental health programs in schools, noted that the K-12 budget for the next fiscal year includes $ 53.9 million – an increase of $ 17 million from the previous year – specifically for mental health and support services in schools.
Government accessibility is also an important part of the state budget, with language emphasizing that the offices of the Secretary of State and the Unemployment Insurance Agency must be open for in-person and walk-in service. you.