By Scott McLallen (The Center Square)
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed a $79 billion budget for fiscal year 2024, which would be about a $2 billion spending increase from her last proposed budget and the largest state budget in history.
The budget recommendation aims to spend heavily on education, workforce development, public safety, and infrastructure. About 41% of the budget is derived from federal grants.
State Budget Director Christopher Harkins said the proposed plan would spend all but $250 million of the state’s projected $9.2 billion surplus by the end of fiscal year 2024.
“Today, I am proud to introduce my executive budget proposal to lower costs, grow our economy, and build a brighter future for anyone who wants to call Michigan home,” Whitmer said in a statement. “My budget includes investments to put money back in people’s pockets, help students thrive in school, put more people on paths to higher education and good-paying jobs, rebuild our infrastructure, keep our communities safe, and improve public health.”
The budget recommendation totals $79 billion and includes a general fund total of $14.8 billion and a School Aid Fund total of $19 billion.
“Governor Whitmer’s Executive Budget Recommendation is a proposal for making Michigan a state where everyone can succeed,” Harkins said in a statement. “Through strategic investments we can leverage our state and federal resources to rejuvenate and reinvigorate our state. I look forward to working with the legislature over the next few months to ensure we enact a budget that makes Michigan stronger.”
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The budget recommendation includes investments to lower costs, including:
Whitmer’s education budget aims to provide a $900 million deposit into a new rainy day fund for schools, $614 million to support school operations through a 5% increase in the base per pupil for a total of $9,608 per pupil, and includes $160 million to provide breakfast and lunch to all public school students.
Other proposed education spending includes $442.4 million for literacy grants, $318 million for school safety programs, $300 million for tutoring, $300 million for student mental health, and $150 million to fund matching grants for school districts to modernize their bus fleet by switching over to electric vehicles.
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Whitmer’s economic development budget includes a $500 million annual deposit Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve Fund, as well as:
The proposal recommends a $200 million deposit to the Budget Stabilization Fund, which would bring the rainy day fund balance to nearly $2 billion by the end of fiscal year 24, an all-time high.
Syndicated with permission from The Center Square.
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It sounded good till EV AND CLEAN ENERGY then I realized it was just another crap dem agenda
After reading this. It look more like a socialism plan! What the idea of wasting spending for electric bus? 15 million for her campaign? 300 million for school to teach CRT? Michigan you people are joke!