LANSING, Michigan— Jim Stamas, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations CommitteeR-Midland, released the following statement after the Senate finalized a state budget plan for fiscal year 2023 that increases funding for K-12 schools, reduces debt and saves resources to provide tax relief to everyone in Michigan:

“This is a responsible budget that uses our taxpayers’ money effectively to improve our state and the lives of Michigan residents by making significant investments to educate our children, improve our infrastructure, protect our communities and build a stronger economy – while reducing debt and saving resources to provide tax relief to struggling Michigan families.

“We have worked hard to finalize a budget for fiscal year 2023 that is focused on long-term results and economic growth, improves our local roads, helps train people to meet our labor shortage , lives within our means and builds support at all levels of education. , including a historic $2.6 billion increase in funding for K-12 schools.

Senate Bill 845 is an omnibus budget for education that provides an increase of nearly $2.6 billion in funding for K-12 schools and increases the minimum base allocation to $9,150 per student. It also provides $295 million to address student mental health, $305 million in scholarships to help address teacher shortages, and $168 million in school safety grants.

SB 845 includes a 5% increase for university and community college operations, $300 million to pay off higher education pension system debt, and $250 million in a fund for a new scholarship program studies, the details of which will be negotiated this summer.

House Bill 5783 is the general omnibus budget and includes:
• $2.3 billion to help repair local roads and bridges.
• $1.7 billion to repair national highway roads and bridges.
• $750 million to help local governments meet their pension obligations and free up more funds for essential local services.
• $325 million for a new state psychiatric hospital complex.
• $414.5 million to maintain wage increases for direct care workers.
• $110 million for the Going Pro and Michigan Reconnect training programs.
• $40 million for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign.
• Funding to train and hire 170 state police troopers and train 800 correctional officers.