Stamas statement on Whitmer signing FY 2022 state budget

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the fiscal year 2022 state budget that increases investments in important priorities facing Michigan families and gets the state’s economy back on track:

“We worked hard to finalize a responsible and effective state budget focused on protecting our families, supporting workers, educating our children, and helping our economy recover from the effects of the pandemic and government shutdowns.

“We listened to the people of Michigan and prioritized getting kids back in school, improving access to childcare, fixing local infrastructure, and ensuring safe drinking water in our homes.

“This budget builds on the record-setting school budget designed to help our kids recover from the pandemic. We continue to work to put Michigan back on track with a permanent increase in wages for our direct care workers and training to help people obtain in-demand jobs. We achieve all this while depositing $500 million more in the state’s rainy-day fund and keeping taxes low for Michigan families.

“I want to thank the governor and her team for their cooperation on this budget and hope that it is the framework for future bipartisan achievements to improve our state and the lives of the Michigan people.”

Senate Bill 82 is the general omnibus budget and 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;
• $95 million for the Going Pro and Michigan Reconnect training programs;
• $40 million for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign;
• $33 million to train new state police troopers and corrections officers;
• $14.5 million to remove PFAS from the water;
• $19 million to repair or replace local dams and;
• $150 million to increase the solvency of the unemployment trust fund.

House Bill 4400 includes nearly 5% increases for community colleges and public universities and $86 million to reduce university MPSERS retirement obligations — which would build on the $140 million in the K-12 budget to reduce school unfunded liabilities.