Action Alert: State Budget Negotiations
Thursday, June 10 — Wednesday, June 30
ACTION ALERT — STATE BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS
We expect the legislature to reach an agreement soon on the 2021–22 state budget. Governor Whitmer’s budget recommendations included $10 million in funding for the Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund (MHCDF) and $2 million for Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs). Unfortunately, these programs were not included in the budgets the House and Senate released, but there is still time for them to be added back in during negotiations. The legislature needs to hear from you about the importance of these programs to your community.
Please reach out to your representatives and senators as soon as possible and urge them to fund these programs.
ACTION ALERT — AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN (ARP) FUNDING
Additionally, the legislature and administration will be negotiating spending for the American Rescue Plan dollars from the federal government soon. CEDAM is advocating for the state to invest these dollars into programs that will help Michigan’s households recover financially from the COVID-19 pandemic. Please reach out to your legislators and advocate for:
- Significant investment in the MHCDF (for example, the Pennsylvania Governor is considering investing $500 million in affordable housing programs)
- Expand the capacity of free tax preparation sites to help eligible Michigan working families claim critical tax credits essential to alleviating their financial hardship. We recommend that the State provide $6 million to support the expansion of free tax preparation services in Michigan
- Broaden access to postsecondary savings programs. Supporting the expansion of CSA programs will ensure that all youth, regardless of income, can save, plan, and prepare for their future college and career activities