GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Legislature on Wednesday passed the largest budget in Michigan history, allocating nearly $82 billion to programs and services all over the state.
The budget analysis alone was over 1,000 pages. The largest line item in the omnibus, as always, was the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The department’s budget for next year is $35,734,583,000. Much of that is federal pass-through money to be spent in ways dictated in Washington.
The next biggest ticket is transportation at $6,626,549,900. It covers most things that move people or products and the infrastructure to make it happen.
Labor and Economic Opportunity checked in at $2,869,264,800. The Treasury Department, which keeps track of all the money that comes into and goes out from the state, as well as reminding you when to send the government your money, has a budget of $2,641,068,600. Corrections got $2,086,250,000 and Technology, Management and Budget $2,056,657,600.
Those six departments’ funding adds up to about $52 billion of the roughly $57 billion omnibus.
In another record, the School Aid Fund is getting almost $21.5 billion.
The omnibus bill contained money for a slew of special projects around the state. In West Michigan, that included $150 million to fund the reopening of Palisades nuclear power plant in Covert Township, $35 million to back the construction of two new fire houses and a training center for the Grand Rapids Fire Department and $5 million to upgrade Special Olympics Michigan’s facility south of Grand Rapids.
The city of Wyoming is getting $20 million for its city center project, which includes a new pedestrian bridge over 28th Street and 4.6 miles of trails connecting to Pinery Park and Kent Trails, plus burying power lines along 28th between Burlingame and Clyde Park avenues.
The Diatribe — a Grand Rapids nonprofit that combines art and activism — will get $3.5 million from the budget. That brings it very close to its goal of $6.2 million so it can develop a new headquarters, venue, housing, art and youth center called The Emory in the Burton Heights neighborhood.