Rep. Jason Sheppard today joined the Legislature in completing a state budget providing more investment in roads, schools and other essential public services without any tax increases.
The bills are headed to Gov. Whitmer, who refused to participate in budget negotiations after her demands for a 45-cent per gallon gas tax increase were rejected.
“The governor should approve these budgets because it’s what Michigan residents want – more commitment to improving schools and roads without higher taxes,” said Sheppard, of Temperance. “The Legislature is delivering an effective and efficient budget to the governor ahead of the Oct. 1 start to the new fiscal year. The governor needs to sign this budget and keep government running so people can receive the services they depend on every day without interruption.”
The budget bills approved over the past two weeks focus on:
- Roads. Another $400 million is invested in road and bridge repairs, continuing the Legislature’s commitment to improving roads without tax increases or cuts to essential services. Michigan’s Department of Transportation budget will top $5 billion and provide more money for road repairs than ever before.
- Schools. A budget approved last week includes a record $15.2 billion for Michigan students, increasing the foundation allowance by more than $300 million — up to $240 more per student. Additional support is provided for special education, early literacy, school safety and several other programs.
- Public health. Another $120 million is dedicated to protect drinking water against PFAS, lead and other contaminants. Funding to prevent opioid abuse and provide substance abuse treatment increases by $30 million. A statewide mental health hotline is supported by a $2 million commitment.
Investments to continue Michigan’s economic comeback – including more money for career and technical education, and the Going Pro skilled trades initiative – also are included in the new budget.