Legislature-approved budget moves to governor’s desk
State Rep. Mike Mueller, of Linden, today voted to support the Michigan Legislature’s state budget investing more in roads and bridges, public safety and community investment across the board – without raising taxes.
Mueller’s votes came as the Legislature completed its work on the state budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.
“I supported this budget because it provides more money for our roads and local communities and does it without a tax increase,” Mueller said.
Mueller advocated for a crucial initiative be included in the budget to prevent overcrowding in the Genesee County Jail.
“Public safety is one of the most crucial responsibilities of state government,” said Mueller, a retired sheriff’s deputy. “Ten years ago, the Genesee County Jail was so overcrowded there was nowhere to put the criminals who were arrested. We must do all we can to prevent that from happening again.”
The Legislature’s budget also places a priority on:
- Public health. Another $120 million is dedicated to protect drinking water against PFAS, lead and other contaminants. Funding to prevent opioid abuse and provide substance abuse treatment increases by more than $30 million. A statewide mental health hotline is supported by a $2 million commitment.
- Public safety. Eighty-six new Michigan State Police troopers will be trained. Statutory revenue sharing increases by 2.3 percent to help local governments maintain essential public services including police and fire departments.
- Economic growth. Investments continue and increase in programs such as Going Pro to train more workers for good-paying, high demand careers so they can support themselves and their families – continuing Michigan’s economic comeback. This builds upon the previously approved schools budget providing significant increases in career and technical education. The new budget also makes a $4 million investment in the Food & Agriculture Investment Grant program supporting innovation and job creation.
- Another $400 million is invested in road and bridge repairs, continuing the Legislature’s commitment to improving roads without tax increases or cuts to essential services. Michigan’s Department of Transportation budget will top $5 billion and provide more money for road repairs than ever before.
The K-12 education budget approved last week includes a record $15.2 billion for Michigan students, increasing the foundation allowance by more than $300 million — up to $240 more per student. Additional support is provided for special education, early literacy, school safety and several other programs.
The budget now moves to Gov. Whitmer’s desk for her consideration to be signed into law. The Legislature-approved budget costs taxpayers significantly less than the plan she proposed in March and does not include her recommended 45-cent per gallon tax increase.
State Rep. Mike Mueller, of Linden, has announced House Republicans have unveiled a plan giving the people of Michigan more certainty and control in these challenging times – allowing for data-driven COVID-19 responses that reflect conditions in local communities.
Rep. Mueller talks about House passage Tuesday of his legislation that extends the validity of vehicle registrations, chauffeur licenses, and operator’s licenses that expired after March 1, 2020 to December 11, 2020
“People should not face late fees or penalties because of something that has been out of their control,” Mueller said. “I’ve heard from people throughout our communities who have voiced concerns about this issue. This extension offers needed clarity for Michigan residents and law enforcement.”
This year’s health crisis did a number on our state’s economy. It was damaged in such a way that just a few months ago, I feared for the possibility of funding cuts across the board for our fast-approaching Fiscal Year 2021 budget.