Budget Cycle

Governor Submits Budget
February (30 days after legislature convenes)

Fiscal Year Begins
October 1 

Governor Signs Budget 

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Proposed Budget - Fiscal Year 2023

On February 9, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer released her fiscal 2023 budget proposal that calls for $74.14 billion in total spending, a 2.8 percent increase from fiscal 2022’s enacted level. The recommended budget calls for $14.31 billion in general fund spending, a 10.71 percent increase from the enacted level in fiscal 2022. Much of the general fund increase in fiscal 2023 is due to one-time spending; when one-time spending is excluded, ongoing spending is projected to increase 8.4 percent. Additionally, the budget includes a school aid fund total of $16.63 billion, a 6.4 percent increase from fiscal 2022. The budget projects total general fund tax revenue at $12.89 billion in fiscal 2023, a 3.6 percent increase from the current estimate for fiscal 2022. The budget recommendation calls for a $52 million deposit to the Budget Stabilization Fund, bringing the total balance to approximately $1.5 billion, or 5 percent of total state general fund and school aid revenues. Total budget by source includes federal (41 percent), school aid (23 percent), general fund (20 percent), other state restricted (15 percent), and local private (1 percent).

Proposed Budget Highlights 

The governor noted that in recent months the legislature has appropriated federal COVID-19 relief funds to support health systems, encourage economic development, and provide critical resources that put Michiganders first. In addition, the governor said she is recommending a fiscal 2022 supplemental budget to complement her budget recommendation for fiscal 2023. For fiscal 2023, the governor’s priorities are focused on putting money back into the pockets of families; putting students and teachers first; continuing to improve the state’s roads and infrastructure; driving economic and community development; establishing clean and sustainable environments; keeping families healthy; and promoting secure and safe communities. Specific recommendations include:

Putting Money Back in Pockets

  • Rolls back Michigan’s tax on retirement income over four years
  • Increases the state’s earned income tax credit from 6 percent to 20 percent of the federal credit

Putting Students First

  • Provides the largest state funding increase for K-12 education in more than 20 years
  • Increases base per-pupil funding by 5 percent
  • Provides additional support and resources for economically disadvantaged students; special education students; career and technical education; English language learners; intermediate school district operation; rural and isolated districts; early childhood interventions; and free preschool for income-eligible four-year-olds
  • Prioritizes teacher retention and recruitment including retention bonuses, teacher mentoring programs, regional innovation grants, the creation of a Michigan Future Educator Fellowship, and stipends for student teachers
  • Focuses on the mental health and well-being of students including funding to support programs to help students manage stress, expand health clinics and mental health screenings, hire more mental health professionals, and invest in school safety grants
  • Provides a 5 percent increase in one-time funding, on top of a 5 percent increase in ongoing funding, for public universities and community colleges

Road, Bridge, and Infrastructure Improvement

  • Provides a $1.1 billion increase including $578 million from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and $481 million in state support
  • Includes $279.9 million for one-time general fund investments in areas such as road improvements, resiliency to future flooding events, improving rail crossings, and replacing the state’s aviation weather stations

Workforce and Economic Development

  • Focuses on efforts to retain current workers; provide opportunities for people to develop skills and gain experience; address employment barriers; and build new economic partnerships to drive economic development, attract large projects, and create new jobs
  • Funding includes a $500 million deposit into the Strategic Outreach and Reserve Fund; $50 million for electric vehicle rebates; $40 million to aid communities that have experienced significant economic impacts; and $500 million in hero pay for frontline workers.

Clean Water and Environment

  • Continues a commitment to ensure clean drinking water for every resident with investments targeting home plumbing grants and lead service line replacement
  • Prioritizes the clean-up of contaminated sites across the state

Healthy Families and Communities

  • Investments focused on improving access to dental benefits; ensuring access to behavioral health services; enhancing support for children in foster care; improving the financial health of families with young children; investing in public health preparedness and response; and reducing racial and economic disparities in the healthcare system

Safe Communities

  • Provides increased funding for first responders and supports the hiring of 50 new state police troopers
  • Recommends an ongoing 5 percent increase in revenue sharing payments to counties, cities, villages & townships, and a one-time increase of 5 percent
  • Supports programs aimed at victim advocacy, fraud detection, price gouging, and better case management
  • Expands cybersecurity initiatives