LANSING, Mich. — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, issued the following statement after the passage of two supplemental bills to invest over $1.1 billion into Michigan’s economy, workforce and students:
“These supplemental budgets invest part of our $7 billion surplus to support economic growth, create good jobs, help struggling students afford to go to college and support the mental health of invaluable first responders.
“Economic development is critical to our future. As our economy faces the challenges of high inflation, labor shortages and supply-chain issues, we must help our state remain competitive for long-term, high-wage jobs.
“We’re continuing our support for the proven SOAR program — an accountable initiative that has already attracted billions of dollars in investments and paved the way for thousands of new careers in Michigan.
“Our first responders are Michigan’s everyday heroes. They keep us safe and save lives every day. But they also experience extreme levels of stress and often witness traumatic events while serving their communities. These measures invest $7.5 million to ensure our first responders experiencing PTSD or other mental health conditions receive the care they need.”