Southwest Michigan Gets Major Investments in New Budget

MICHIGAN — Representative Joey Andrews began his freshman year as a state representative with high expectations. The most recent budget shows that Representative Andrews has quickly positioned himself as a leader able to bring investments back to his district in Southwest Michigan.

Some of the highlights in the budget that will benefit Southwest Michigan include:

  • Takes the first step towards Pre-K for All, expanding free pre-K to more Lakeshore families and saving families $10,000 a year.
  • Invests $22,568,463 more in local school districts like River Valley Schools, bringing per-student funding to an all-time high.
  • Delivers free breakfast and lunch to all students, including 5,323 more kids in the community, saving families over $850 a year per kid.
  • Dedicates $4,574,654 to local school districts for mental health and school safety, and makes record investments in literacy, tutoring, and before- and after-school programs.
  • Protects the Great Lakes, including $200k for St. Joe shoreline coastal management.
  • Provides resources to draw down federal funds to fix the damn roads and expand transit, rail, and marine infrastructure.
  • Secures $150 million for the first step to repower the Palisades Nuclear Plant, ensuring hundreds of jobs with amazing benefits and family-sustaining wages are protected.
  • Funds the bipartisan economic development fund to win projects creating thousands of manufacturing jobs and bringing supply chains home to Michigan.

Governor Whitmer praised Representative Andrews and issued the following statement after the signing of the budget, “This budget will help anyone ‘Make it in Michigan’ by powering the state’s growing economy, delivering on issues that matter most to working families, and making strategic, long-term investments. I’m so grateful for leaders like Rep. Andrews who have helped make it possible.”


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