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On Feb. 7, Governor Gretchen Whitmer presented her recommendations for a balanced fiscal year 2025 state budget totaling $80.7 billion, which includes $14.3 billion in General Fund and $19 billion in School Aid monies.

Line items in the budget focused on improving public safety and public health, lowering costs, expanding educational opportunities, economic development, and rebuilding the state's infrastructure.

Whitmer’s Public Safety funding proposals for fiscal year 2025 include:

  • $11.9 million to continue improvements based on recommendations of the Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform
  • $11 million for statutory revenue sharing (2% one-time) for public safety, including employee recruitment, retention, training, and equipment
  • $10 million for lifecycle upgrades to the state’s safety communication system
  • $6.3 million to increase offender success through education, training, and reentry programs
  • $5.5 million for community violence intervention services
  • $5 million to establish training, recruitment and retention grants to support local law enforcement agencies
  • $1.4 million to increase the capacity of the Michigan State Police to safeguard those who work in and visit the State Capitol and Heritage Hall

Proposed budget funding for public health includes: $193.3 million for new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics sites; $46 million to implement changes to the Family Independence Program; $24 million to provide new funds to communities that identify innovative approaches to support expectant parents and newborns; $15.7 million to continue the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program, providing the care they need and reducing racial disparities in infant and maternal mortality; and $15 million to reduce energy bills for low-income households.

Educational funding proposed for K-12 includes: $370 million to support school operations through a 2.5% increase in base per-pupil funding (equates to an additional $241 per student, for a total of $9,849 per pupil); $300 million to continue investing in student mental health and school safety; $251.2 million to help students reach their full academic potential, including continued payments for literacy grants and literacy coaches.

Cost savings funding includes: $37.5 million toward an annual $5,000 tax credit for families who care for an aging or sick relative; and $25 million for a $1,000 rebate when buying a new vehicle ($2,000 for purchasing an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle), with an additional $500 rebate for union-assembled vehicles.

The fiscal year 2025 budget proposal also includes economic development, infrastructure improvements, as well as higher education funding. Beginning next week, the Legislature, through subcommittees of the Appropriations Committee in both chambers will conduct hearings to begin work on the budget.

For more details about the Governor’s proposed fiscal year 2025 budget, please click here for the Feb. 9, 2024 Special Karoub Report.