Proposed Budget Highlights
Major priorities in the proposed fiscal 2023 budget adjustment include tax relief, strengthening behavioral health care, and workforce development. Funding recommendations include:
- Expanding eligibility for the property tax credit.
- Eliminating the income tax on retirement income for most households.
- Providing tax relief by lowering local car taxes.
- Accelerating by 3 years from 2025 to 2022 the phase-in of pensions and annuities exemption under the income tax.
- Including nearly $160 million in additional funding for mental health services, with $26.4 million to expand access to mobile crisis units for adults and children.
- Adding $65 million for tuition assistance and aid to higher education institutions to boost enrollment through tuition assistance.
- Investing in broadband and infrastructure projects including rail service, roads and bridges, and clean wind energy.
- $19.4 million for preventing and reducing repeat crime.
- Developing the state’s workforce including through expanding the CareerConnect program with a focus on trade schools, apprentice programs, and tuition-free certificate programs.
- $174.4 million in state funds to help fund the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) home and community-based services reinvestment plan to support workforce stability, informal caregiver support, assistive technology/smart home technology, home adaptations, and self-direction.
- $165.0 million in new general obligation bond authorizations to increase authorizations from $1.9 billion to $2.1 billion.