Governor’s Budget Focuses on Talent & Infrastructure

Today, Governor Rick Snyder presented his 2017-18 Fiscal Year budget recommendation, highlighting initiatives to support Michigan’s talent and infrastructure needs.

“Talent is the top issue for the West Michigan business community and we are excited to see that priority reflected throughout the Governor’s budget,” said Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs.

“Michigan’s economy continues to gain momentum, but we must address the challenge companies have finding talent with the skills they need.”

“Most notably, we are thrilled the Governor recommends a $10 million increase to the Going Pro program, also known as the Skilled Trades Training Fund. This market-driven program has helped ensure Michigan employers have the talent they need to compete and grow, and individuals have the skills for in-demand jobs.”

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“The talent issue requires short-term and long-term solutions, which is why we are also pleased to see the Governor recommend $20 million for schools, intermediate school districts and community colleges to purchase career technology education (CTE) equipment.”

“We look forward to working with the Senate and House to continue the talent discussion and adoption of these two key funds that will allow our residents the opportunities to succeed in the workforce.”

As part his budget presentation, the Governor also emphasized the importance of ensuring a strong infrastructure, highlighting the investment in roads and calling for $20 million to take the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission report forward.

“Proper investment in infrastructure is crucial to Michigan’s economic growth and remains one of the Chamber’s top public policy issues,” continued Johnston. “This is critical to the economic vitality of our region and state. From well-maintained roads to strong sewer and drinking water systems, we must ensure we have the infrastructure available to support our communities and businesses.”