“Every budget faces it challenges, and this year that was especially true. Just four months ago, we were told to prepare to make devastatingly painful cuts to the tune of billions. But today, we’re voting on a budget that contains meaningful increases in health care, education, career readiness programs and more. Michigan is in much better economic standing than other states thanks to how this governor has shown leadership in the pandemic, and how Michiganders have rallied together by supporting the economy.
“I’m especially pleased about what we are bringing home to Flint, including funding for Educare, the North Flint Food Market Cooperative and public health resources for those affected by the water crisis. Our community will directly benefit from the funds set aside for minimizing school lunch debt, lead abatement, expanding access to childcare and extending the direct care worker wage increase. While no budget can accomplish all things – and there are still areas where I’d like to see more appropriated – this one accomplishes a whole lot.”
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