Public News Service: Governor Snyder expected to sign budget

Rachel Richards, legislative coordinator for the Michigan League for Public Policy, says the $56.5 billion state budget includes a number of measures to help the state’s most vulnerable residents.

They include extending the Heat and Eat program and more funding for the Double Up Food Bucks program, both of which increase access to healthy foods.

Richards adds the budget also improves child care assistance by increasing eligibility and raising payments to providers.

“It’s an economic engine to allow parents to work, as well as helping employers reduce absenteeism and turnover, as well as providing an early learning environment by increasing access to higher quality care,” she points out. July 14, 2017 — Public News Service