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           The way we work, play and even interact with our friends and loved ones has changed drastically, but there is still work to do to ensure communi- ties across Michigan receive the help they need. One of the most important ways we do that each year is through our budget negotiations. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the budget on September 30. Despite the ongoing challenges posed by the unprecedent- ed COVID-19 pandemic, I am just as committed as ever to ensuring that the people of Michigan, and the priorities they care most about, are put first.
$600k to support the cleanup of the ‘green ooze’ in the old Electro Plating Services building; and $1 million for low-interest energy efficiency project loans. These allocations are absolutely crucial in upkeep for and improve- ment of our state’s groundwater and drinking water infrastructure, ensuring we are protecting our environment, and dedicating the resources necessary to cleanup efforts around the state.
The education budget keeps our schools on their feet while provid-
ing them with flexibility. Highlights include a $66 per-pupil increase in school funding; $1 million to forgive outstanding student meal debt; $5 mil- lion in incentives to attract and retain talented teachers in our districts;
and $500 in hazard pay for teachers during the pandemic. While this is a good start, we will need to continually stay in touch with our schools and educators as the year goes on to see if there is anything more we can do to make sure our students are not falling behind.
Provisions included in the budget to help support and uplift Michigan’s workforce include $40 million for increased wages for direct care workers and $3 million to expand
the Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Program. Families across our state are still struggling mightily as our econo- my begins to safely, but slowly recov- er, and it is up to us to provide the opportunities people need to provide for their families. Once again, this is a good start, but we will need to con- tinually re-assess and decide how to best help our communities as the year goes on.
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                                    Michigan families deserve safe, clean water they can trust to drink, cook with, and bathe in, and portions of the budget work to provide the environmental protection necessary to ensure that. Allocations include $600k for grants for education and conser- vation of Michigan’s watersheds;
We have long said that the choic- es and decisions we make now will determine how far into the future Michiganders will feel the effects of this crisis – this budget will provide support for those that need it most to keep families and our communities on their feet both now and long after our battle with COVID-19. Difficult choices still lie ahead. My colleagues and I will continue doing all we can to ensure Michiganders receive the support they need now and well into the future.
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