VanderWall Supports Balanced 2022 Budget That Put Michigan Families, Economic Recovery First

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LANSING, Mich. –Senator Curt VanderWall voted Tuesday to approve a balanced budget plan for fiscal 2022 focused on increasing investments to support Michigan families and create a healthy economy that works for everyone.

“We have approved a responsible budget that prioritizes helping Michigan families, workers and economy continue to recover from the pandemic,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “This budget works wisely to reduce the state’s debt burden and adds to the state’s rainy day fund for future emergencies.” It is important that we were able to achieve these goals without raising taxes for working Michigan families. “

The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 82, a general omnibus budget that includes:

  • $ 1.4 billion to lower fees and recruit more educators;
  • $ 414.5 million to permanently increase the wages of direct care workers;
  • $ 40 million for the Going Pro program to support employee training;
  • $ 55 million for the Michigan Reconnect program to provide tuition-free community college and training;
  • $ 40 million for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign;
  • $ 33 million to train new state police and correctional officers;
  • $ 14.5 million to local governments to remove PFAS from water;
  • $ 190 million to repair or replace local bridges; and
  • $ 19 million to repair or replace local dams.

The bill also deposits $ 500 million in the state’s rainy day fund and $ 150 million in the unemployment trust fund to increase solvency due to fraudulent benefit payments.

Additionally, SB 82 calls for branches of the Secretary of State to open for in-person walk-in services without a prior appointment and include language that ensures that no government entity, department or agency receiving funding is ‘will need proof of vaccination to access government services or be released. the immunization status of an individual.

“As we continue to move beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that we work to ensure that all Michigan residents maintain access to state services, both online and online. person, and whether or not they are vaccinated, ”VanderWall said. “I am proud that the legislature stood up for the people of Michigan in this regard. “

On Wednesday, VanderWall joined the Senate to approve Bill 4400, which includes increases for community colleges and public universities and $ 86 million to reduce universities’ MPSERS obligations – which would build on the $ 140 million of the already signed K-12 budget to reduce unfunded passive schools.

SB 82 and HB 4400 complete the 2022 state budget which began with the signing in July of the K-12 budget, which provided a record level of funding for public schools for the current school year and increased the base allowance from each school district up to at least $ 8,700 per student.

Both invoices were sent to the governor for his signature. Michigan’s 2022 fiscal year begins October 1.

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