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Whitmer, lawmakers push for increased school mental health funding in Pontiac

State of Michigan
Gov. Whitmer Hosts Mental Health Roundtable in Pontiac to Push for Additional Mental Health Investments for Students

Whitmer’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year would spend over $360 million on mental health support in schools. Whitmer says she expects the budget to be finished before lawmakers leave for their 4th of July break.

“This is an opportunity right in front of us. The Legislature’s still doing their piece. We’ll get to negotiations pretty quickly here. But we’ve shown that we can find common ground on important, big things and get them done and I remain committed to that.”

A Senate proposal that recently advanced to the chamber’s full appropriations committee comes in millions of dollars lower than the governor’s recommendation. Lawmakers have said more money will likely come after negotiations.

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Colin Jackson is the Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network.
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