Michigan LCV Statement on Gov. Whitmer executive budget for FY 2023

Michigan LCV Statement on Gov. Whitmer executive budget for FY 2023

Michigan LCV highlights climate, electric vehicle, water investments

LANSING – The Michigan League of Conservation Voters today issued the following statement reacting to Gov. Whitmer’s executive budget for Fiscal Year 2023.

“Gov. Whitmer’s budget will position Michigan to be a leader on electric vehicles to boost our economy and protect our air, water, and health into the future,” said Nick Occhipinti, government affairs director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. “With large state budget surpluses and federal funding, there has never been a better opportunity for bold investments in our climate and our water. We cannot ignore challenges to our water demonstrated by contamination and crumbling infrastructure.” 

“We have seen tremendous bipartisan support for big investments in our water because water challenges impact us all – whether we live in cities, suburbs or rural areas. Michiganders are expecting their elected officials to deliver on water, and we call on the Legislature and Governor to make it a priority. We can start by passing an enhanced Senate Bill 565 to dedicate more than $3 billion to clean up our water, rip out lead pipes and fix our infrastructure,” said Occhipinti. 

Key highlights of Gov. Whitmer’s budget include:

  • $50M for the EV rebate program to help families purchase new EVs and at-home charging stations 
  • $34.33M for the climate resilient infrastructure program to help communities with climate resiliency planning and infrastructure needs 
  • $10M to begin the transitioning of the state’s fleet to EVs and build the infrastructure to support them 
  • $54M for energy programs 
    • $15.8M for the state energy program
    • $3.2M for the Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Grant Program
    • $4M for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program
  • $5M continuation of the Green Revolving Fund 
  • $5M to increase Michigan Saves funding 
  • $249M for drinking water, lead service lines, clean water, and PFAS 
  • $40M to expand the in-home plumbing repair program to cover not only traditional plumbing problems but also funding for tools to reduce flooding and opportunities to reduce lead exposure 
  • $6.3M to support local health departments performing water sampling and testing 
  • $1.1 billion to improve school facilities (includes water filters, HVAC, and energy upgrades) 

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