LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the 2022 state budget early this afternoon.
The budget provides funding for the administration’s priorities, such as infrastructure, health care, education and childcare.
The budget signing will be in person at Lansing Community College’s West Campus’ Robotics Lab.
Joining Whitmer will be Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, Dr. Steve Robinson, President, Lansing Community College, John Walsh, President and CEO of Michigan Manufacturers Association, and Mariah Lawrence, Reconnect Student.
Whitmer cited huge progress on the Michigan Reconnect program, and so much more.
This is a budget that puts Michiganders first. We are coming together to grow the middle class, support small businesses, and invest in our communities. This is a comprehensive budget that builds on the school aid budget I signed this summer, which made the largest investment in K-12 education in Michigan history without raising taxes. The budget fully funds Michigan Reconnect and Futures For Frontliners, putting 167,000 people on a tuition-free path to higher education or skills training, fixes 100 crumbling bridges, expands low or no-cost childcare to 105,000 kids, replaces lead service lines in Benton Harbor and beyond, permanently raises hourly pay for direct care workers, puts $500 million into our rainy-day fund, and make additional investments to protect water and environment. The budget is a testament to what we can do when we work together. Now, we should continue in that spirit of collaboration to use the billions of federal dollars we have to help our families, communities, and small businesses thrive.”Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Nearly $200 million will be invested to help repair bridges around the Mitten State, creating 2500 jobs.
There is no doubt that this is a budget that is going to make a real difference for families and businesses in Detroit all the way to the Upper Peninsula. From Grand Rapids to Traverse City to Saginaw to Flint, this is a budget that helps every corner of our state. Families win, businesses win, and our schools win. There is so much to like about this budget, and I am excited about what the future holds for us.”Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist
Additionally, Whitmer talked of the budget expanding health programs, alternative nursing homes. sickle cell research and a permanent bump in pay for healthcare workers.