Wozniak: Senate completes new state budget
LANSING, Michigan— The Senate wrapped up work Friday on the state’s fiscal year 2023 budget, Sen. Doug Wozniak said, increasing funding for K-12 schools, debt reduction, roads and infrastructure, and training. professional.
“It’s a good budget,” said Wozniak, R-Shelby Township. “It is balanced and ahead of schedule, while placing funds toward the things that matter most to residents of Macomb County. We have increased funding for education, invested more in improving our roads and local infrastructure, including nearly $35 million for specific infrastructure projects in Macomb County. It invests in job training programs, increases funding to keep our communities safe, and devotes a significant amount of money to debt repayment.
The general omnibus budget includes nearly $60 million to support important Macomb County projects: $25 million is for the development of a new Macomb County Health Services Department diversion program; $32 million will be used to support the Mound Road construction project; $2 million for a new public access road project at Air National Guard Base Selfridge Air Museum; and $240,000 for a culvert improving access and safety at Pitchford Park.
The general omnibus budget also includes:
- $2.3 billion in additional funding for local roads and bridges.
- $1.7 billion more to repair national highway roads and bridges.
- $750 million to help local governments meet their pension obligations and free up more funds for essential local services.
- $325 million for a new state mental hospital complex.
- $414.5 million to maintain wage increases for direct care workers.
- $110 million for the Going Pro and Michigan Reconnect training programs.
- $40 million for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign.
- Funding to train 170 new state police and 800 corrections officers.
The education omnibus budget includes an increase of nearly $2.6 billion in funding for K-12 schools over last year, bringing it to $19.6 billion, and uses $630.5 million to increase the minimum base allocation, by an additional $450, to $9,150 per student. It also provides $295 million to address student mental health, $305 million in scholarships to help address teacher shortages, and $168 million in school safety grants.
The education budget also includes a 5% increase for university and community college operations, $300 million to pay down debt in the higher education pension system, and $250 million for a new scholarships, the details of which will be negotiated this summer.