Budget Basics

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The annual budget, which decides how our state and federal governments spend our tax dollars, is the single most powerful expression of our governments’ priorities. While there are many competing interests and finite resources, changes in tax policies and in the spending of state revenues can potentially change the odds for children and families who are already facing challenges. As Michigan becomes more diverse, funding decisions that do not explicitly address underlying inequities in resource and opportunity will lead to longer-term fiscal hardships for all Michigan residents. Decision-makers need to prioritize budget investments that improve outcomes for all children by closing the equity gaps that begin early and accumulate over a lifetime.

The House and Senate have passed their versions of the state budget. With revenue and spending decisions still in play over roads and schools, it is unclear how long negotiations will last this summer, but legislative leaders have been named to budget conference committees. See the list here and read our letters to the conferees below:

Department of Health and Human Services Conferees: Senators Peter MacGregor, Jim Stamas, and Curtis Hertel, Jr.; Representatives Mary Whiteford, Phil Green, and Abdullah Hammoud.
Department of Education/School Aid Conferees: Senators Wayne Schmidt, Jim Stamas, and Rosemary Bayer; Representatives Aaron Miller, Pamela Hornberger, and Kristy Pagan.


Budget Resources Updated August 2019

Federal Budget Resources:

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Visit our Budget Basics Archive for more information on how the state and federal budgets impact children, youth and families in Michigan.

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