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Sen. MacDonald supports historic FY 2023 state budget

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Friday voted to finalize a fiscal year 2023 state budget that increases record K-12 school funding and reserves resources to provide tax relief to Michigan families.

“This a positive and responsible budget that will put our resources to effective use to help prepare our students for success, connect workers with in-demand jobs, and provide safe communities for people to live and work,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “We are making a historic investment in K-12 education funding, investing billions of dollars into fixing our local infrastructure, helping pay down school and local government debt — and doing it all while living within our means and setting aside resources for much-needed tax relief.

“The budget also features direct investments in Macomb County to support health care for our families and economic development in our region.”

House Bill 5783 is the general omnibus budget and includes $25 million for the Macomb County Health Service Department, $32 million for a Mound Road improvement project, $2 million for a Selfridge Air National Guard Base road, and $6.1 million to improve and expand facilities at the base to compete for future next-generation aircraft missions.

HB 5783 also includes $2.3 billion to help fix local roads and bridges, $1.7 billion to fix state highway roadways and bridges, $750 million to help local governments meet their pension obligations and free up more funds for critical local services, $325 million for a new state psychiatric hospital complex, $110 million for the Going Pro and Michigan Reconnect training programs, $40 million for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign, and funding to train and hire 170 state police troopers and train 800 corrections officers.

Senate Bill 845 is an education omnibus budget that features a nearly $2.6 billion increase in K-12 school funding to $19.6 billion and uses $630.5 million to increase the minimum foundation allowance by another $450 to $9,150 per student. It also provides $295 million to address student mental health, $305 million in scholarship funding to help address teacher shortages, $168 million in school safety grants, and nearly $1.5 billion for the school employee’s retirement system to put more resources in the classroom.

SB 845 includes a 5% increase for university and community college operations, $300 million to pay down debt in the higher education retirement system, and $250 million in a fund for a new student scholarship program, details for which will be negotiated this summer.