House passes $47.5B budget with more money for Flint water crisis
LANSING, MI -- The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the omnibus budget covering most areas of state government, including at least $17 million in additional funding to help address the Flint water crisis.
The House's overall budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017, which runs from Oct. 1 2016 to Sept. 31, 2017, clocks in at $47.5 billion. That includes close to $39 billion in state general fund and $8 billion in federal funding for 22 budget areas. A separate education budget, passed Tuesday, totaled $16 billion.
The House budget included money that Gov. Rick Snyder had slated for Flint. Under the House's plan, $17 million will go toward items like nutrition education and health services.
The budget also includes $9 million in statewide school water testing for lead, and $2.6 million to fund Flint water related investigation from Attorney General Bill Schuette.