Legislature Passes State Budget

Jun 28, 2024

by Liz Gullett

As MLC’s Communications and Social Media Manager, Liz Gullett keeps clients informed and up-to-date on the goings on in Lansing and the Capitol.

During all-night marathon sessions, the House and Senate approved an $82.5 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, beginning on October 1. Both the K-12 Budget and the Omnibus Budget, funding departments and agencies, were passed on near party-line votes. However, enough Senate Republicans voted for the necessary immediate effect for the budgets, something that had been in question throughout the process.

Specifics within the budgets include:

    • $75 million for a new revenue sharing trust fund to support local community services such as first responders, transportation, and water infrastructure.
    • $50 million deposit into the Budget Stabilization Fund, bringing the total in the fund to $2.2 billion by the end of FY25.
    • $20 million deposit into the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund.
    • $133 million for student mental health and school safety.
    • $200 million to continue universally-free breakfast and lunch at K-12 schools.
    • $130 million for continued expansion of free pre-K.
    • $75 million for before and after school programming.
    • $65 million to fund a 15% increase for childcare and bonuses for childcare workers.
    • A 1.5% ongoing and a 1% increase for university and community college operations.
    • $30 million increase funding for the Michigan Achievement Scholarship.
    • $52 million to continue Michigan Reconnect, providing a tuition-free pathway to adult learners 25 and older.
    • $2.5 million for the Economic and Worker Transition Office to aid residents with the transition to EVs and clean energy.
    • $100 million to construct more affordable housing.
    • $500 million in continued investment in the Strategic Outreach Attraction Reserve Fund.
    • $509.4 million for water infrastructure to fund lead service line replacement and water infrastructure, and climate change mitigation.
    • $18.5 million to implement the recommendations of the Racial Disparities Taskforce.
    • $161.5 million to establish new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic sites across the state.

The budgets will be sent to Governor Gretchen Whitmer for her consideration.

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