House Appropriations Committee Chair Thomas Albert, of Lowell, today said a budget approved by the Michigan Legislature assists several Kent County communities and projects – including infrastructure upgrades, business parks and county fairs.
The investments include $10 million to improve the intersection of Wealthy Street and US-131 in Grand Rapids, $7 million for the “Restore the Rapids” project, $5.2 million for upgrades at the Kent County Youth Fair in Lowell, $4 million for the Kent County Sustainable Business Park, and others.
“These are important, one-time investments to improve the quality of life for families in Kent County and all of West Michigan,” Albert said.
In Lowell, the assistance in the state budget will benefit the Youth Fair in a time of transition.
“The Kent County Youth Fair has been a staple of our community since the 1930s – and it’s moving into a new home that will keep it that way for future generations,” Albert said. “In a typical year, the fair draws more than 40,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors. Transitioning to a new, permanent home will open up even more opportunities for people to participate.”
Albert also secured a $150,000 investment in Lowell’s new YMCA facility.
In Grand Rapids, the rapids project would revitalize the Grand River and recreation projects. Also, $500,000 would benefit a Grand Rapids Public Museum riverfront project.
Other local investments in the state budget include $2 million for the Van Andel Institute; $1.55 million for PFAS remediation near Gerald R. Ford Airport; $1 million for the West Michigan Construction Institute; $1 million for the West Michigan Aviation Academy hangar project, $500,00 for Dégagé Ministries; and $500,000 for a post-9/11 veterans memorial in Walker.
Michigan House Republicans today detailed a comprehensive plan to support public safety personnel and better protect the people they serve – including an innovative out-of-state recruitment plan to address an officer shortage at local law enforcement agencies.
In a time where political power is divided within state government, we came together and accomplished a lot of good with this budget.
We helped ensure the budget is fiscally responsible and sustainable – paying back $150 million into the unemployment trust fund to restore money lost through fraudulent claims, restoring $500 million to the state’s rainy day fund, and keeping billions of dollars on the balance sheet as we move forward.