Legislature approves budget including critical Flint recovery funds
Millions to help with infrastructure, health, education, job training
LANSING, Mich. — Last night the Michigan Legislature approved budgets that include more than $100 million in near- and long-term dollars to help Flint recover.
“This down payment will make a real difference for thousands of families,” Sen. Jim Ananich (D–Flint) said. “It will give our community the resources it needs to replace more pipes, provide nutrition assistance, and deliver education and health services to more kids — all of which are urgently needed.”
The budget included the following Flint-related funding items:
- $27.2 million to replace lead service lines in high risk homes.
- $18.9 million for the Drinking Water Emergency Reserve fund.
- $15 million to address medical and behavioral health needs.
- $10.1 million for Early On testing, preschool, school nurses, and ISD staff.
- $9.5 million to expand access to fruits and vegetables.
- $9.2 million to provide early intervention, Great Start Readiness and services to kids aged 0 to 4.
- $8 million to expand the Child Development and Care program.
- $8 million to expand child care for children aged 0 to 3.
- $8 million for the Child Care and Development fund.
- $6.1 million for the TANF reserve fund.
- $6 million for water filters, cartridges and bottled water.
- $5.4 million for a corrosion control specialist, sampling staff and lab staff.
- $3.9 million to maintain Flint’s connection to the Great Lakes Water Authority.
- $2.9 million for a Wayne State University contract to study the link between water and diseases.
- $2.2 million to fund the Flint water response team.
- $1.7 million for nutrition support, food bank resources and community education.
- $1.5 million for behavioral health care through local community medical homes.
- $260,000 for home visits to promote better parenting skills.
- $250,000 for summer youth employment programs.
The governor is expected to approve and sign the budgets in the next several days.