Zorn supports ‘historic’ FY23 state budget

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Friday voted to finalize a fiscal year 2023 state budget that increases record K-12 school funding and reserves resources to provide tax relief to Michigan families.

“We have finalized a responsible state budget that focuses on educating our children, supporting our economy, keeping our communities safe, and investing in our future — while paying down debt and saving money for much-needed tax relief for hardworking Michigan families,” said Zorn, R-Onsted. “This budget will dramatically improve our roads and infrastructure and build on our historic commitment to K-12 education — increasing K-12 school funding by almost $2.6 billion and directing millions of dollars to student mental health and school safety.

“This is a historic budget that will make long-term investments that will benefit our families for generations and make our state an even better place to live, work and achieve the American dream.”

Senate Bill 845 is an education omnibus budget that features a nearly $2.6 billion increase in K-12 school funding and boosts the minimum foundation allowance 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.

SB 845 includes a 5% increase for university and community college operations, $300 million to pay down debt in the higher education retirement system, and $250 million in a fund for a new student scholarship program, details for which will be negotiated this summer.

House Bill 5783 is the general omnibus budget and includes:

  • $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.
  • $325 million for a new state psychiatric hospital complex.
  • $414.5 million to maintain wage increases for direct care workers.
  • $110 million for the Going Pro and Michigan Reconnect training programs.
  • $40 million for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign.
  • $15 million for secondary road patrols.
  • Funding to train and hire 170 state police troopers and train 800 corrections officers.

“Locally, the budget includes $3 million for riverfront property development in Adrian that will benefit the community and attract more talent and opportunities,” Zorn said.