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Governor Snyder Presents Fiscal Year 2015 State Budget Proposal

Friday, February 07, 2014  
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On February 5, Governor Rick Snyder presented to a joint session of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees his proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, which begins October 1, 2014.


Of particular interest to Michigan Health Centers are proposals to expand the Healthy Kids Dental program to Kalamazoo and Macomb counties ($15.7 million), increase funding for nurse home visitation in Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula ($2.5 million), and to begin funding implementation of the Mental Health and Wellness Commission’s recommendations for improving the state’s mental health system as outlined in the report released last month.


The budget proposal also includes funding to continue implementation of the Healthy Michigan plan, which is projected to actually save the state money. "We need to continue to recognize and celebrate this important achievement,” writes MPCA’s Director of State Policy Doug Paterson. Click here to read more analysis from him. One area of concern in the Governor’s proposed budget is that it does not call for the continuation of $1.4 million in Graduate Medical Education funding that was allocated for spending in the current fiscal year (FY 2014). Budget hearings will now begin in both the Michigan House and Senate, with a target date of June 1 for finalization, and MPCA will continue to follow these budgets and keep you updated.

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