Michigan heads into 2020 with a months-long budget impasse behind it, but some analysts contend unresolved funding issues still need attention.
Recently signed supplemental spending bills restored budget dollars from K-12 and higher education, public safety, and rural health care. But Alex Rossman, external affairs director with the Michigan League for Public Policy, says lawmakers did not act to save the 10 Cents a Meal Program, which pairs farms and schools to ensure kids have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
He says funding also has not been restored for programs that support runaway and homeless youths, school-based social and mental health care, and adoptive families.
“Whether they’re in the Governor’s office or in the House and Senate, and whether they’re from a rural or urban area, whether they have an ‘R’ or ‘D’ after their name, I think we all should be able to agree that we should be doing more for our kids, and that’s what these programs do,” Rossman says.