Whitmer Highlights Bipartisan Fiscal Investments to Grow Michigan’s Economy and Workforce


July 112022

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Governor Whitmer Highlights Bipartisan Fiscal Investments to Grow Michigan’s Economy and Workforce

Funding to develop the workforce, promote regional economic development, stimulate tourism and small businesses, and place Michiganians in well-paying, high-skilled jobs.

LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer highlighted investments in the recently passed bipartisan budget for fiscal year 2023 that will grow Michigan’s economy, grow Michigan’s workforce, and promote tourism, development economic and small business growth in communities across the state. The balanced and fiscally responsible budget delivered on kitchen table issues passed on time and does not raise taxes one penny.

“Since day one, I have been focused on growing Michigan’s economy, creating well-paying jobs, and reducing labor costs,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “This budget makes bold investments that will grow our economy, improve the skills of our workforce, and create jobs in Michigan communities. It will make a difference for small business owners, job seekers and workers who want to go back to school for a post-secondary degree or job training. This will help us drive investment to all parts of Michigan, boost tourism, and ensure that if you can buy it at a farmer’s market, it’s grown right here in Michigan. This budget is proof of what is possible when we put working families and communities first and stay focused on getting things done.

Economy and labor budget in numbers

  • $230 million for two transformational education infrastructure projects focused on cancer research and the future of electrification and mobility.
  • $110 million for Michigan Log back in and go Proputting people on free pathways to higher education or vocational training.
  • $75 million for a community financial development institution in Michigans, which promote economic revitalization and development in underserved areas of the state.
  • $75 million to remove vacant and unused structures and homes.
  • $50 mmillion for food and agriculture economic development at attract investment and jobss in these key industries.
  • $50 million forr nonprofit relief to help local organizations continue to provide essential services.
  • $40 million for the Pure Michigan campaign to boost tourism and local economies.
  • $10 million to the Office of Rural Development to help rural communities meet labor, education, infrastructure and connectivity needs.
  • $10 million to remove barriers to employment, including childcare, transportation, etc.
  • $10 million for the statewide pre-apprenticeship program.
  • $10 million for talent retention and expansion in key industries.

Fiscal investments in economy and labor

Budgetary investments in Michigan’s economy and workforce can be divided into three key sections: talent and workforce, regional economic development, and support for small businesses.

1) Talents and manpower

The Budget’s talent and workforce investments will help create a skilled workforce that attracts transformative projects and economic development to Michigan and achieves the Governor’s bold goal of Sixty by 30 to ensure that 60% of Michiganders have a post-secondary degree or vocational training certificate by 2030. It funds Michigan Reconnect, a program that has provided tens of thousands of Michiganders with a tuition-free path to college. higher education and vocational training. The budget also funds Going Pro, which helps small businesses develop internal talent and fill high-skilled, high-paying positions.

2) Regional economic development

To spur economic development in all parts of Michigan, including rural communities, the budget launches a “Buy Michigan” campaign to support Michigan-grown and raised products, funds the Pure Michigan campaign to promote tourism and stimulate economies communities, and funds the Office of Rural Development, which was created by Governor Whitmer to focus on development in rural areas and provide support to food and agricultural businesses through economic development. These investments will boost regional economies and create jobs in every corner of our state.

3) Small Business Growth

To create jobs and help small business owners fill vacancies, the budget will provide comprehensive support for job seekers. The budget will help reduce barriers to employment, such as lack of transportation, child care or tools, that keep people from working and slow economic growth.

“Michigan’s highly skilled workforce has long been a key strategic advantage for the state, including its UAW workforce which is among the best prepared in the world,” said UAW President Ray Curry.As the industry moves towards more electric vehicles, current and future autoworkers need new skills to keep up with rapidly changing technologies throughout the supply chain. Programs like the Michigan Electric Vehicle Center are key to providing education and training opportunities that help ensure the state maintains a world-class workforce in a vibrant automotive industry. “

“Visiting the Upper Peninsula has proven essential to keeping local businesses open during the pandemic,” said Susan Estler, President and CEO of Travel Marquette. “The $40 million budget will directly benefit the Upper Peninsula in addition to the entire state by providing a more robust marketing, public relations and cooperative program that many smaller UP destinations can participate in. and further maximize their advertising dollars. ”

“The significant bipartisan investment that has been made through this budget to fund priorities that promote economic development and community development will undoubtedly make a difference for the Upper Peninsula. The significant investment made in a regional fund focused on our deepest regional challenges and the funding commitment to ensure that the Office of Rural Development is equipped to succeed,” said Marty Fittante, CEO of InvestUP. “I commend Governor Whitmer for her leadership, along with the UP legislative delegation, in delivering a budget that commits real resources to these opportunities.”

“SBAM remains committed to strengthening our workforce development systems through proven programs such as the Going Pro Talent Fund and Reconnect,” says Alexa Kramer, director of government operations at the Small Business Association of Michigan. “We applaud the bipartisan work around this budget and look forward to continuing to elevate the small business community through economic development and talent attraction and retention efforts. »

“We appreciate the hard work between the governor and legislative leaders to dedicate increased resources to meet Michigan’s talent needs, in programs such as Going Pro and Michigan Reconnect,” said John Walsh, president and CEO of the Michigan Manufactures Association. “We look forward to even greater progress on workforce development and economic development issues as discussions regarding available resources continue.

“Michigan leaders are investing in the priorities that matter to Michigan businesses,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Employers need talent and investing in proven programs like Reconnect and Going Pro will help employers fill urgent talent gaps.”

“This bipartisan budget ensured that vital federal child care funds stayed in Michigan and in the hands of parents and providers, helping residents stay in or re-enter the workforce knowing that their children are in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment,” said Monique Stanton, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy. “With the continued investment in child care and new grant programs to help remove barriers to employment and provide training and learning opportunities, the Governor and legislative leaders continue to use the state dollars to invest in two-generation approaches that set up families for shared success.