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Barrett supports balanced FY 2023 state budget

LANSING, Mich.Sen. Tom Barrett voted Friday to approve Michigan’s fiscal year 2023 budget plan to invest in infrastructure and public safety, reduce the state’s debt, and save resources to provide tax relief for everyone in Michigan.

“The leadership of Republicans in the Legislature has again produced a responsible and balanced budget that funds our state without adding more burdens on struggling taxpayers,” said Barrett, R-Charlotte. “This budget appropriately provides much-needed resources for the state’s infrastructure, invests in public safety, responsibly pays down debts, and will help the people of Michigan as they continue to battle against record inflation that has been fueled by the harmful policies of the Biden and Whitmer administrations.”

House Bill 5783 is the general omnibus budget for 2023 and includes:

  • $2.3 billion to help fix local roads and bridges, a $119.6 million increase from 2022.
  • $1.7 billion to fix state highway roadways and bridges, a $69.6 million increase from 2022.
  • $750 million for local governments to meet their long-term pension obligations, freeing up critical local funding for police, fire and roads.
  • $180 million into the state’s rainy-day fund, bringing its total to $1.6 billion.
  • Funding to train and hire 800 additional corrections offices and 170 new state troopers.
  • A Secure Cities Partnership to send at least $700,000 in additional funding to cities with a population of more than 100,000 that have seen a 20% increase in violent crime since 2018.

“As stewards of taxpayer dollars, responsible spending and infrastructure investments are important ways in which we as legislators can help ensure that Michiganders continue to keep more of what they earn,” said Barrett. “I am especially encouraged this budget agreement avoids the temptation to recklessly spend the state’s billions in surplus dollars and sets funds aside to be future tax relief for residents struggling to keep up with record-high gas prices, grocery bills, and the overall inflated cost of living.”