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Michigan Governor Signs 'Make it in Michigan' Budget

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently signed a bipartisan general government state budget for Fiscal Year 2024 to grow the economy, lower costs, deliver on kitchen-table issues, and help residents “Make it in Michigan.” The FY24 budget, when combined with the education budget previously signed by the governor, lowers costs on health care, preschool, meals for kids, higher education, housing, and workforce training and will help rebuild Michigan's infrastructure.

“The Make it in Michigan budget will lower costs, deliver on the issues that make a real difference in people’s lives, and help anyone ‘make it’ in Michigan,” Whitmer said. “The budget protects public safety and improves access to health care, ensuring people feel safe in their neighborhood and have access to quality, affordable care that meets their needs. It supports our service members and veterans, connecting them and their families with the resources they deserve, and will build up all kinds of infrastructure so every family has safe roads, clean water, and affordable housing. Finally, it continues powering our economic development efforts to create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs and bring manufacturing and supply chains home to Michigan. The Make it in Michigan budget builds on our economic momentum and will help us build a brighter future for everyone who calls this great state home.”

“The budget signed into law by Governor Whitmer ... funds programs and services that benefit residents across the state and saves money for a rainy day,” said State Budget Director Christopher Harkins. “This budget builds on the governor’s previous success of delivering targeted tax relief and delivers investments to improve the lives of the people of our great state.”

The FY24 budget totals $81.7 billion, including a general fund total of $15.2 billion. Part of the budget will help rebuild Michigan's infrastructure by fixing roads and bridges, replacing lead pipes, building housing, and more. From 2019 through the end of this construction season, nearly 20,000 lane miles of road and 1,400 bridges will be fixed.

Roads, Bridges, Transit, Electrification
  • $416 million to fix roads and build up public infrastructure
  • $80 million investment supporting Michigan's Bridge Bundling program to replace or rehabilitate more than 20 structurally deficient bridges across the state
  • $50 million for Intermodal Capital Investment Grants to support investments in rail, marine, intercity, and local transit infrastructure that have the potential to leverage federal funding opportunities
  • $21.3 million for clean energy and electric vehicle infrastructure investments
  • $52.9 million for the Information Technology and Investment Fund for modernization of legacy IT systems supporting local income tax collections for those communities that elect to participate, environmental permitting and inspection, groundwater protection, occupational safety and health, and talent recruitment and retention
  • $1 million to begin the transition of the state of Michigan’s fleet to electric vehicles
  • $5 million for a critical mineral recycling research hub
Housing
  • $212 million for residential energy efficiency improvements through federal funds, lowering costs for Michiganders via point-of-sale rebates for home appliances, water heaters, and more
  • $50 million for the Housing and Community Development Program to alleviate affordable housing needs across the state and revitalize downtown areas in Michigan
  • $10 million for Missing Middle housing programs to build on existing $50 million within the current year budget
  • $2 million to expand capacity of the State Land Bank Authority, which facilitates productive reuse of land in communities
Water, Parks, Agriculture, Environment
  • Nearly $600 million for Michigan’s water infrastructure, protecting access to drinking water, replacing lead service lines, rebuilding sewers, and more
  • $150 million to reopen the Palisades nuclear power plant
  • $23 million for improvements at Belle Isle State Park
  • $23 million to create an endowment for the new Flint State Park
  • $20 million to establish an environmental justice contaminated site clean-up fund to remediate and redevelop contaminated sites in historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities
  • $13 million for agricultural climate resiliency and soil health to research new regenerative agriculture practices and help farmers reduce run off and increase crop diversity
  • $10.1 million for Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program, using federal funds to boost resiliency in Michigan’s food systems
  • $7.7 million in state parks operations funding to provide additional park rangers and essential resources to state parks
  • $5.5 million for Michigan Saves to incentivize private investment in clean energy improvements for Michigan residents and businesses
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