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 Governor has signed budget bills for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20, which began on October 1, 2019, and ends September 30, 2020. This year’s budget process, including the unprecedented Gubernatorial vetoes and administrative transfers within Departments, includes some genuine wins for child and family advocates; others have one “last shot” at being included in supplemental funding bills, and others represent missed opportunities for lawmakers to prioritize critical investments. It is important that we help legislators understand that critical programs for children, youth and families are neither pork nor partisan, and to encourage them to work together to utilize state funding in a way that benefits the most vulnerable among us.


Budget Resources Updated August 2019

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