[Blog/Video] The Top 6 Takeaways from Governor Snyder's FY 2017 State Budget

February 10, 2016

 Gov. Rick Snyder’s FY 2017 budget calls for critical investments for the Flint water crisis, statewide infrastructure and the Detroit Public Schools. The governor’s recommendation also addresses the skyrocketing costs of specialty medications that Michigan residents depend on for better health outcomes.

By investing in the specific needs for Flint and Detroit, setting aside funding for statewide infrastructure needs and the rising cost of prescription drugs, while staying committed to the core statewide priorities of education, talent and economic development, health and human services, and public safety, the Governor’s recommended budget provides the right plan for moving Michigan forward.   

Here are the top 6 takeaways for Michigan families from the Governor’s FY 2017 state budget:

1) Funding for Flint is a top priority

Governor Snyder’s FY 2017 budget dedicates $195 million to ensure that every Flint resident has clean, safe drinking water, good nutrition, and quality health care.

A portion of that $195 million is designated to provide water bill relief in Flint.   The new Consumption and Consumer Use Credit the city of Flint could apply to residents’ water bills until state, federal, and independent water quality officials certify the water is safe for consumption. 

“I agree with Flint residents, that they should not have to pay for water they cannot drink,” the Governor said.

2) Rethinking Detroit Public Schools

Detroit Public Schools face crushing debt, and it’s time to act now in order to ensure that Detroit’s kids receive the high-quality education they deserve.  The FY17 budget provides funding for a new approach to education in Detroit that will give families public school options while stabilizing the district’s finances.

An investment of $72 million a year, for 10 years, from Michigan’s tobacco settlement proceeds will help to offset the Detroit Public Schools’ repayment of a debt load expected to accumulate to $515 million by this summer.  The $720 million generated from this plan will provide for $200 million needed for the startup and transition costs to create the new district.

3) Increased funding for all Michigan schools

Every student in Michigan deserves a great education.  The FY17 budget continues Governor Snyder’s practice of making K-12 education a top priority. This fiscal year, he proposed an additional $150 million for K-12 education, bringing the total to $12.1 billion.  That’s a $1.4 billion increase since 2011.

Universities across Michigan also get more help.  The Governor’s proposed budget will raise higher funding levels to $1.4 billion, a $61 million increase since last year for Michigan’s 15 public universities. 

4) Covering more Michiganders with Healthy Michigan

The Healthy Michigan program will celebrate its two-year anniversary later this year. So far, more than 600,000 hard-working, low-income Michiganders have enrolled in the Healthy Michigan program, and the Governor is committed to continuing to provide access to high-quality health care for Michiganders. The budget calls for an investment of $3.4 billion in federal funds for the Healthy Michigan Plan

In addition, the Governor’s budget proposal recommends expanding the Health Kids Dental program to every county in the state, ensuring that every eligible child has access to dental care. The increased investment will offer dental care to more than 800,000 Michigan kids.

5) Greater Public Safety

Governor Snyder first placed additional police officers in Pontiac, Saginaw, Flint, and Detroit, and all four cities have seen a decrease in crime.

This budget will expand the Secure Cities effort to Benton Harbor, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland Park, and Muskegon Heights.

6) Updated Statewide Infrastructure

The FY 2017 budget will allocate $165 million to help communities across Michigan replace known high-risk lead and copper service lines.  This is the first step toward a longer term solution for the state’s needs and will be used to make strategic improvements based on recommendations from the Commission on 21st Century Infrastructure.

 

Copies and more details of the governor’s recommended budget are available at www.michigan.gov/mibudget.Join the conversation on Twitter at #mibudget.