Bellino: Southeast Michigan priorities reflected in House budget

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On Tuesday, state Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe supported the House budget legislation that includes record funding for K-12 education and reduces the size of the general state budget by 2.2 percent.

“Just like families across Michigan, we are tightening our belt by cutting inefficient programs and eliminating waste in state government,” Rep. Bellino said. “This allows us to help make life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives.”

Highlights of the budget include:

  • Dedicating nearly $1 million to support statewide programs that target opioid addiction and abuse;
  • Increasing funding by $1.75 million for home delivered meals and senior in-home services;
  • Prioritizing public safety by adding 100 more Michigan State Police troopers; and
  • Providing the highest funding in state history for K-12 schools by proposing $14.3 billion and improving access to skilled trades training through career and technical education.