Michigan’s state budget is a document that outlines our priorities and our collective efforts to create a pathway toward economic opportunity for all Michigan residents.

The League believes that Michigan’s future prosperity depends on a state budget that supports public structures and investments in education, health, safety and its people. The state budget is a powerful tool for achieving racial and ethnic equity for children and families.

It’s important that citizens speak up and tell lawmakers their priorities. The League is here to help. Please follow our Budget Briefs series (below, on this page) and sign up for our news, budget updates and action alerts, and we’ll keep you posted.

State Budget Briefs—Budget Year 2019

Highlights of the 2019 State Budget June 21, 2018
Fact Sheet:
Michigan Legislature Will Soon Make Final Decisions on 2019 State Budget May 16, 2018
League Advocates for Prioritization of Programs That Protect Michiganders’ Health
May 11, 2018
House and Senate Human Services Budgets Do Little to Address Childhood Poverty
May 8, 2018
Prison Population Dropping, but Need for Services Remains High May 8, 2018
League Advocates for Greater Equity in 2019 Education Budget
 May 8, 2018
Adequate Funding Needed to Make Postsecondary Education More Accessible
 May 3, 2018
Valuing Children and Work: Opportunities in the State Budget to Improve Access to High-Quality Child Care
Apr 12, 2018
A first look at Gov. Snyder’s 2018-2019 budget: Little revenue growth and few new initiatives Feb 15, 2018 
Fact Sheet:
2019 State Budget Priorities Jan 2018
Fact Sheet: Five Tips for Influencing the State Budget and the Michigan Budget Cycle Jan 2018

Fact Sheets: 2019 State Budget Priorities:

Address Racial, Ethnic and Social Justice Impact of State Budget Decisions Jan 2018
Increase Adult Education Funding to Prepare More Workers for Job Training and Skilled Work Jan 2018
Restore the State Earned Income Tax Credit
Jan 2018
Restore the Part-Time Independent Student Grant Jan 2018
Provide State Funding for Services for Infants and Toddlers With Developmental Delays and Disabilities Jan 2018
Continue to Expand Access to High-Quality Preschool Education Jan 2018
Protect State and Federal Funding for Healthcare Coverage for All Michiganders Jan 2018
Expand Funding for Programs Proven to Help Pregnant Women Quit Smoking Jan 2018
Expand Child Care Assistance March 2018
Make Michigan a Welcoming State by Funding ESL/Citizenship Preparation Courses Jan 2018
Fully Fund the State’s Program for Students At Risk of Low Achievement Jan 2018
Expand Access to Healthy Foods Dec 2017
Prevent Hunger-Heat and Eat Dec 2017
Eliminate Asset Test-Food Assistance Dec 2017
Increase School Clothing Allowance Dec 2017

Report: Making Change: The State Budget as a Tool for Racial and Ethnic Equity | SUMMARY Sept 28, 2017
Map: Top Threats in the Federal Budget by County Oct 2017
Fact Sheet:
Top Threats in the Federal Budget Sept 28, 2017
Report: Michigan’s Child Care Assistance Program: Challenges and Opportunities Aug 7, 2017
Report: Highlights of the 2018 State Budget July 13, 2017
Fact Sheet: Federal Budget Cuts Threaten Michigan: Michigan Is Second Most Reliant on Federal Funds in U.S. As Percentage of Total State Spending
Fact Sheet: Think the Federal Budget Doesn’t Matter? (Federal Funds as a % of Michigan Budget)

Budget Year 2018

The state’s budget year runs from Oct. 1st to Sept 30th

The League’s Budget Briefs project is designed to keep citizens and advocates abreast of the latest budget developments that affect children, families and economically vulnerable people in Michigan. Please sign up for our email alerts for new postings.

Making Change: The State Budget as a Tool for Racial and Ethnic Equity | SUMMARY Sept 28, 2017

Michigan’s Child Care Assistance Program: Challenges and Opportunities Aug 7, 2017

Highlights of the 2018 State Budget July 13, 2017

School Aid and Education Conference Committees Include Expanded Funding for Early Learning and High-Poverty Schools June 20, 2017

Human Services Conference Committee Budget Falls Short in Reducing Poverty June 19, 2017

Now Is the Time for Investing, Not Cutting Taxes May 25, 2017

Reducing Incarceration is Good, but Corrections Spending Must Ensure Adequate Services May 18, 2017

House and Senate Healthcare Budgets: A Mixed Bag for Families and Children May 18, 2017

Michigan Must Invest in Postsecondary Education and Financial Aid to Improve Economic Security for All May 17, 2017

House and Senate Human Services Budgets Fail to Address the Needs of Families and Children in Poverty May 11, 2017

League Advocates for Improvements in Education From Cradle to Career May 9, 2017

Helping Children Succeed Through Michigan’s At-Risk Program Apr 25, 2017

Protect Healthcare for 650,000 Michiganians Apr 20, 2017

Increase Adult Education Funding to Prepare More Workers for Job Training and Skilled Work Apr 10, 2017

Governor Proposes Needed Increases in Still Woefully Underfunded Human Services Budget Mar 31, 2017

Restore the Part-Time Independent Student Grant in the 2018 Budget Mar 21, 2017

Child Care for Working Families–A Foundation for Growing the State’s Economy Mar 17, 2017

A First Look at the Governor’s 2017-2018 Budget: Smart Investments for Families Amidst Revenue Threats Feb 17, 2017

Michigan League for Public Policy 2018 Budget Priorities Sept 24, 2018



Budget Testimony

Adult Education Funding Section 107 Mar 22, 2017
FY 2018 K-12 School Aid Education Budget (Senate and House)
Mar 22, 2017
League supports HB 4207–Community Revitalization Program Mar 14, 2017
League supports reinstatement of the Part-Time Independent Student Grant Mar 13, 2017
FY 2018 Budget for Health and Human Services (Senate) Feb 28, 2017
State Income Tax Reduction HB 4001 Feb 15, 2017


State Budget Archives

Budget Year 2017

Budget Year 2016 

Budget Year 2015

Budget Year 2014



Federal Budget

Viewpoint: National balanced budget amendment a reckless idea Jan. 24, 2014

Other research and advocacy

Fact Sheet: Healthy Kids Dental Program Feb. 2014

Fact Sheet: Restore Michigan’s EITC to Help Working Families Feb. 2014

The Path to Prosperity: Ten Steps Michigan Must take to Strengthen Its Economy Nov. 2013

Losing Ground: A Call for Meaningful Tax Reform in Michigan Jan. 2013