LANSING, Mich. (Sept. 21, 2021) — Today, Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) issued the following statement after the Michigan Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2022 budget:

“The budget passed today is a commitment to our residents who have endured so much through the pandemic — including expanding access to childcare, investing more in our local communities, and ensuring our schools, businesses and economy will rebound while keeping our residents safe. I am proud to support the culmination of work by my colleagues and the governor’s office, in addition to over $1 million in funds specifically for important projects throughout our district. Our residents deserve nothing less than full support from their elected officials during this tumultuous, evolving time, and I am proud to have helped pass a budget representative of that commitment.”

Sen. McMorrow secured roughly $500,000 for the Innovation Hills Park expansion in Rochester Hills, which seeks to provide a bridge across the Clinton River to unlock 48 acres of green space, as well as appropriate pedestrian access and suitable wayfinding for the area. Another $300,000 has been appropriated for an I-75 sound wall study between Adams Road and 13 Mile, as well as $80,000 for a crosswalk signal at S. Main and 14 Mile, and $50,000 for the Royal Oak World War II veterans’ memorial project.

Finally, a $200,000 appropriation was made for the Talent Development Coalition, an initiative of Oakland University providing job opportunities to young adults in the area interested in skilled trades.