Legislature begins final approval of FY 2022 state budget

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Legislature on Tuesday began the final stages of approving a $69.9 billion fiscal year 2022 state budget that increases investments in important priorities facing Michigan families and helps build a healthy economy that benefits everyone.

“Regardless of whether it’s for a family, a small business or all of state government, a budget is a statement of priorities — and this budget focuses on helping our families, workers and economy recover from the pandemic,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland. “We are lowering childcare rates and increasing capacity, fixing local bridges and dams, permanently increasing wages for our direct care workers, providing training to help people obtain in-demand jobs, protecting our water, and helping our tourism industry get back on its feet.

“We funded all of these priorities and more while protecting the pocketbooks of Michigan families and depositing $500 million more in the state’s rainy-day fund.”

The Senate approved Senate Bill 82, which is a general omnibus budget that includes:
• $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,
• $40 million for the Going Pro program to support employee training,
• $55 million for the Michigan Reconnect program,
• $40 million for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign,
• $33 million to train new state police troopers and corrections officers,
• $14.5 million to local governments to remove PFAS from the water,
• $19 million to repair or replace local dams, and
• $150 million in the unemployment trust fund to increase its solvency.

On Wednesday, the Senate is also expected to approve House Bill 4400, which includes increases for community colleges and public universities and $86 million to reduce university MPSERS obligations — which would build on the $140 million in the already signed K-12 budget to reduce school unfunded liabilities.

“I’m proud of the content of this budget and the fact that it is the product of bipartisan cooperation between the Senate, House and governor’s office. I’d like to thank our partners across the aisle, as well as the state budget director, for arriving at these shared priorities for the good of everyone in our state,” Stamas said.

SB 82 and HB 4400 complete the 2022 state budget that began with the signing of the K-12 budget in July, which provided a record level of state school funding for the current school year and boosted every school district’s foundation allowance up to at least $8,700 per student.

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Photo caption: Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, outlines a balanced fiscal year 2022 budget plan that lowers childcare rates and increases capacity, fixes local bridges and dams, permanently increases wages for direct care workers, provides training to help Michiganders obtain in-demand jobs, protects local water, and helps the state’s tourism industry get back on its feet.