Bizon votes the state budget for the 2023 financial year and secures the financing of important local projects

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LANSING, Mich. Senator John Bizon, MD Voted with the Senate on Friday to approve a state budget plan for fiscal year 2023 that increases funding for K-12 schools, reduces debt, saves resources to provide tax relief to everyone in Michigan and supports several local projects in Calhoun and Barry counties and at Western Michigan University.

“I’m proud to support a budget deal that invests so responsibly in our state’s future by increasing funding for education, investing needed funds in infrastructure and public safety, paying down government debt, ‘State and saving for a rainy day,’ said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “I am especially pleased that we were able to secure funding in this spending plan to complete several important projects for the residents of the 19th Senate District.”

The 2023 spending plan will support the following projects:

  • $13 million for the restoration of the Kalamazoo River Canal at Battle Creek to address environmental issues, improve wildlife habitat and increase recreational opportunities in and around downtown.
  • $3 million for the construction of a new 911 communications tower in Barry County.
  • $3 million for the Michigan Geological Survey at Western Michigan University to update century-old data on the state’s underground geology.
  • $800,000 grant to support the 433-acre Binder Park Zoo, which brings more than 200,000 visitors to Battle Creek each year.

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, $110 million for training programs Going Pro and Michigan Reconnect, $40 million for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign, and funding to train 170 new state police troops and 800 additional corrections officers.

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 uses $630.5 million to increase the minimum base allocation by 450 additional $9,150 per student. It also includes a 5% increase for university and community college operations, $295 million to address student mental health, $305 million in scholarships to help address teacher shortages. , $168 million in school safety grants, and nearly $1.5 billion for the school’s employee retirement system. put more resources into the classroom.

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