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    New budget targets tens of millions for clean water, flood prevention programs

    Michigan’s water infrastructure will receive millions of dollars extra in spending under the budget passed by the Michigan Legislature Wednesday after months of flooding in Detroit and outstate communities amid heavy rainfall.

    The $50 billion general omnibus budget and $2.2 billion higher education budget were adopted Wednesday morning by overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate and head next to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her signature. 

    Combined with the $17.1 billion K-12 education budget passed earlier this year, next year’s total budget comes to about $70 billion. 

    Lawmakers have another $10.5 billion on the balance sheets that they hope to use for priorities that include additional water infrastructure and climate resiliency projects. About $7.5 billion of the total additional funding is made up of federal COVID-19 relief funds.

    “When this budget process started, the administration and the Legislature were miles apart,” House Appropriations Chairman Thomas Albert, R-Lowell, said Wednesday. “I’m glad to see we were able to close the gap and to deliver what is a very solid budget for the people of Michigan.”

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