FY21 budget avoids cuts to major county programs
Ending a long period of behind-the-scenes work by key legislators and the Whitmer administration, the Legislature moved rapidly today to pass
for the state fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.
In all major program areas, counties avoided cuts in funding that were once feared, and would have badly hampered members’ ability to provide key local services:
Counties will receive their revenue sharing at levels
established in fiscal year 2020
which totals more than $226 million.
The deadline to pay
hazard pay to first responders
is extended to Oct. 31 (from the previous Sept. 30).
grants are funded
for $117.5 million.
About $4.2 million is provided for behavioral health training and crime victim support, as recommended by the
Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration
Counties will have access to $4 million for Veteran Service Fund grants.
Local road agencies will receive a $35 million increase from FY20 levels from the
Michigan Transportation Fund
About $13 million is cut, however, from General Fund appropriations for the local bridge program.
An increase of $27 million in federal funds is included for local public airports.
Child Care Fund
will receive $254.3 million.
Includes $3.5 million in Child Care Fund indirect cost payments.
Match requirements for non-Medicaid community mental health (CMH) services will continue in a way that saves counties $5 million.
Look for more details on the FY21 state budget and its effects on counties in this Friday’s Legislative Update email. To see previous LU reports
visit the MAC website