LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Thursday highlighted Macomb County investments in the fiscal year 2023 state budget that begin on Oct. 1.
“Among the direct investments for Macomb County in the new budget are $2 million for a Selfridge Air National Guard Base road and $6.1 million to improve and expand facilities at the base to compete for future next-generation aircraft missions,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “Selfridge is an important economic driver that helps support and attract innovative, high-tech and well-paying jobs to our area.
“This support is critical to the long-term future of the base and Macomb County, but more still needs to be done. I call on the governor to work with us to help build on these investments to better position Selfridge to compete for aerospace and defense industry projects and jobs.”
In addition to the Selfridge investments, Public Act 166 of 2022 includes $25 million for the Macomb County Health Service Department and $32 million for a Mound Road improvement project, $2.3 billion to help fix local roads and bridges, $1.7 billion to fix state highway roadways and bridges, $750 million to help local governments meet their pension obligations and free up more funds for critical local services, $110 million for the Going Pro and Michigan Reconnect training programs, and funding to train and hire 170 state police troopers and train 800 corrections officers.
“Starting Oct. 1, this proactive state budget will help prepare our students for success, connect workers with in-demand jobs, and provide our communities with the resources to protect our families and support our economy,” MacDonald said. “We’re investing in our local infrastructure and helping pay down debt — while living within our means.”
PA 144 of 2022 features a nearly $2.6 billion increase in K-12 school funding to $19.6 billion and uses $630.5 million to increase the minimum foundation allowance by another $450 to $9,150 per student. It also provides $295 million to address student mental health, $305 million in scholarship funding to help address teacher shortages, and $168 million in school safety grants.