Details of Mich. Gov. Snyder's latest budget plan

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2013 at 4:51 pm •  Published: February 7, 2013
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HEALTH CARE

—Provides $11.6 million to expand the Healthy Kids Dental program to provide an additional 70,500 low-income children in Ottawa, Ingham and Washtenaw counties with dental benefits.

—Adds $2.5 million for initiatives aimed at reducing the state's infant mortality rate.

—Adds $5 million to the general fund for mental health services. The money would fund three initiatives: home-based mental health services for children, the creation of care management teams for children with behavior disorders and mental health first aid training.

—The Department of Community Health would receive $3 million to provide grants to community organizations that come up with ideas for improving Michigan's health care system.

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ECONOMY

—Adds $27.5 million for the Michigan Economic Develop Corporation. Twenty million will go toward the creation of a new debt financing program to help banks and lenders invest in "underserved communities."

—Puts $10 million toward creating a new program to train workers for skilled jobs.

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HUMAN SERVICES

—Expands the state's Pathways to Potential program with $6.2 million in funding. The program, which started in Detroit, Pontiac, Flint and Saginaw, places Department of Human Services social workers in some Michigan schools.

—Sets aside $8.6 million to fund the new Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

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STATE GOVERNMENT SAVINGS

—The "rainy day" or budget stabilization fund would grow to $580 million with the addition of $75 million this fiscal year.

—Sets aside $4 million in fiscal year 2014 and $4 million in fiscal year 2015 to create a Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to prepare for natural disasters like forest fires, tornadoes and floods.

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NATURAL RESOURCES

—The Department of Environmental Quality would receive $97 million to provide low-interest loans and grants to help municipalities improve water quality.

—The Department of Natural Resources would receive $5.9 million to hire and train 41 new conservation officers.

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HARBOR DREDGING

—Sets aside about $21 million to dredge Michigan's harbors which have become too shallow because of the low water levels this year. The plan would set aside an $11.5 million special appropriation for dredging. Additionally, the state would transfer more than $9 million from the state waterway fund for the purpose.



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