Governor Whitmer unveiled her 2021 budget last week to a joint session of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Met with far less criticism than the Governor’s first budget, the 2021 budget was described as “simpler” and “an excellent start." Investing in our children, supporting Michigan families and supporting a clean environment were the themes of her spending proposal.
While the budget contains significant new spending on a myriad of programs, the Michigan Chamber is excited to see funding included for several workforce development programs and is encouraged at the Governor’s reinvestment in the 'Going PRO' program. The budget includes:
- $27.9 million for 'Going PRO' to reinstate job training grants to businesses to support training for new and current employees in high-demand, skilled trades industries. However, this is down from $35 million last year and far less than the $50 million needed.
- $27 million to expand access to childcare for low-income families.
- $35 million for Michigan Reconnect Program to provide tuition-free training for non-traditional students older than age 25 to receive a credential, certificate, or an associate degree.
In addition to a few key programs meant to help alleviate the State’s workforce challenges, the Governor also included funding for the critically important Pure Michigan marketing campaign. The Governor appropriated $15 million for Pure Michigan to promote Michigan as a travel destination. This is down from $37.5 million last year.
The Transportation Budget will continue to receive $600 million in non-transportation tax revenue and is basically unchanged from last year’s budget at $5.3 billion in on-going funding. The Governor also is seeking one-time road funding expenditures from the sale of $3.5 billion in bonds.
Overall, the Governor’s budget is largely business as usual. Except for some new spending on some social programs that appear to be a priority for the Governor, the budget is far less attention grabbing than last years.
For more information on the budget, please contact Dan Papineau at firstname.lastname@example.org.