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Bizon votes for FY 2023 state budget, secures funding for important local projects

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

“I am proud to support a budget agreement that so responsibly invests in the future of our state by increasing educational funding, investing needed funding into infrastructure and public safety, paying down the state’s debts and saving for a rainy day,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “I am particularly happy that we were able to secure funding in this spending plan to complete several projects important to the people of the 19th Senate District.”

The 2023 spending plan will support the following projects:

  • $13 million for restoration of the Kalamazoo River channel in Battle Creek to address environmental issues, enhance wildlife habitat and increase recreational opportunities in and around the downtown area.
  • $3 million for a new 911 communications tower to be constructed in Barry County.
  • $3 million for the Michigan Geological Survey at Western Michigan University to update century-old data on the state’s subsurface geology.
  • $800,000 grant to support the 433-acre Binder Park Zoo, which attracts 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 fix local roads and bridges, $1.7 billion to fix state highway roadways and bridges, $110 million for the Going Pro and Michigan Reconnect training programs, $40 million for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign, and funding to train 170 of new state police troopers and 800 additional corrections officers.

Senate Bill 845 is an education omnibus budget that features a nearly $2.6 billion increase in K-12 school funding and uses $630.5 million to increase the minimum foundation allowance by another $450 to $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 scholarship funding to help address teacher shortages, $168 million in school safety grants, and nearly $1.5 billion for the school employee’s retirement system to put more resources in the classroom.

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