The Democratic-led Michigan House of Representatives has passed a new state budget, but some Republican members aren't very happy about it.
The fiscal 2023-24 budget includes the largest investment in education in Michigans history, making preschool accessible for every student, provides free breakfast and lunch for students and provides funding for tutoring. It also sets aside nearly half a billion dollars for investments in lead line remediation and water infrastructure upgrades.
However, while Democrats applaud the budget, the state GOP says they're out of touch. Representative Sarah Lightner, the ranking Republican member of the House Appropriations Committee, says in a statement that what Michiganders want are crumbling roads fixed, school safety improvements and access to affordable and reliable health care. She says she remains hopeful that bipartisan collaboration will result in a better budget that addresses the needs of the people.