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Sen. MacDonald votes for balanced 2022 state budget

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Tuesday voted to approve a balanced fiscal year 2022 budget that puts a priority on improving the lives of all Michigan families.

“This budget effectively and efficiently uses our taxpayer resources to meet our challenges and improve our state — all without raising taxes,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “We are putting a priority on supporting our workers and local communities, reducing our debt, energizing our economy, and helping Macomb families and small businesses recover from the pandemic and the state’s shutdowns.

“This budget respects people’s rights to make their own personal health care decisions by not allowing state departments to require proof of vaccination or vaccine passports to receive state services. It also includes language to require transparency and accountability from the governor during an emergency.”

The Senate approved Senate Bill 82, which is a general omnibus budget that includes $3 million to help build another entrance to the McLaren Macomb Hospital off of South Groesbeck Highway.

“Currently, the hospital only has one entrance off of a residential road, and as the facility continues to grow and provide more services, it desperately needs a second entrance to increase public access and safety,” MacDonald said.

The budget bill also features:
• $1.4 billion to lower rates and recruit more childcare workers,
• $190 million to repair or replace local bridges,
• $414.5 million to permanently increase wages for direct care workers,
• $95 million for the Going Pro and Michigan Reconnect training programs,
• $40 million for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign, and
• $33 million to train new state police troopers and corrections officers.

SB 82 also deposits $500 million in the state’s rainy-day fund and $150 million in the unemployment trust fund to increase its solvency due to fraudulent benefit payments.