LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curt VanderWall on Friday voted with the Senate to approve a fiscal year 2023 state budget plan that increases funding for K-12 schools, reduces debt, and saves resources to provide tax relief for everyone in Michigan.
“This is a very responsible budget plan that increases educational funding, supports infrastructure improvements, provides important public safety and human services funding, and pays down state debts,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “I am particularly happy to see this budget support Tri-Share Child Care, a flagship program that splits the cost of childcare between parents, the state, and participating employers and provide $50 million in much needed relief for non-profit organizations across the state.”
The 2023 spending plan includes $10 million to support the redevelopment of Reed City’s wastewater treatment plant and $2.2 million to build a new water tower and connect homes to the main water line in McBain — two projects championed by VanderWall.
House Bill 5783 is the general omnibus budget and includes $2.3 billion to help fix local roads and bridges, $1.7 billion to fix state highway roadways and bridges, $110 million for the Going Pro and Michigan Reconnect training programs, $40 million for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign, and funding to train 170 new state police troopers and 800 additional corrections officers.
Senate Bill 845 is an education omnibus budget that features a nearly $2.6 billion increase in K-12 school funding and uses $630 million to increase the minimum foundation allowance by another $450 to $9,150 per student. It also includes a 5% increase for university and community college operations, $295 million to address student mental health, $305 million in scholarship funding to help address teacher shortages, and $168 million in school safety grants.