Rep. Wozniak supports most vulnerable residents, key services in funding restoration vote

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State Rep. Douglas Wozniak, of Shelby Township, today voted to advance a supplemental state budget plan restoring funding vetoed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this year.

The governor vetoed nearly $1 billion in Legislature-approved funding when she signed the budget plan for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.

“These cuts were extreme, but I worked with my colleagues to help bring this funding back because people throughout southeast Michigan and the state are depending on it,” Wozniak said. “The plan adheres to fundamental principles of the original budget we sent to the governor – it won’t take more money out of taxpayer pockets and will protect essential services.”

Among the measures the Legislature is aiming to restore in the plans include $400,000 for a pilot program for Alzheimer’s Disease in 10 different counties, including Macomb. The initiative will include a 24/7 helpline, continued care consultation and referrals to support groups and other community-based services for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia and their families.

Secondary road patrol funding will also be protected, helping keep the streets of Michigan’s communities safer. County sheriffs will have the ability to hire additional personnel to patrol local roads throughout the state. All funding for the program was initially cut within the governor’s vetoes, creating the likelihood of layoffs.

The plan also includes:

• $1 million for the Autism Navigator program helping connect families with services.

• $350,000 for a new autism intervention program to help infants and toddlers with developmental delays.

• $16.6 million for rural hospitals and additional money for critical access hospitals serving Medicaid and low-income patients.

• Loan repayments to primary care residents if they work in underserved areas in specialties that consist of family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, general OBYN, psychiatry or general surgery.

• $500,000 in grants for mental and physical health maintenance programs for seniors in senior centers.

• Restored tuition grant money for 17,000 independent college students.

• $10 million for school safety grants.

• $10.7 million to improve pediatric psychiatric services

• Nearly $2 million to continue the fight against opioid drug abuse

The proposals now advance to the Senate for consideration.