Thursday, July 21, 2022

Inkster library awarded $1.2 million in new state budget

The Leanna Hicks Public Library of Inkster and Welcome Center is scheduled to receive $1.2 million as part of the $76.7 billion recently approved Michigan state budget.

The new budget will become effective Oct. 1, but no date for funding the library and welcome center was announced.

Michigan State Sen. Betty Jean Alexander (D-Detroit) said she was very pleased with the allocations for funding in her district.

“This historic budget reflects the needs of all our communities, not only in Detroit and Southeast Michigan, but across the state. I'm proud to have fought to ensure millions go toward our most vulnerable, including children and the elderly, as we strive to lift everyone in our neighborhoods.

“With more funding than ever going to areas like education and mental health, this budget makes clear that my Democratic colleagues and I are focused on the priorities of everyday Michiganders. By making smart investments today, we can ensure a safe, equitable future for our children and generations to come. I'm grateful for the hard work that went into the 2023 budget, and I look forward to seeing these critical investments improve the lives of residents in my district and throughout Michigan.”

Other funding in the budget for the 5th Senate District includes: $51 million for Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network; $15 million for a Wayne County mental health crisis center; $950,000 for Playworks Michigan in Detroit for outdoor programs for children; $500,000 for Methodist Children's Home Society in Redford Charter Township in support of their day treatment and respite care programs and $250,000 for sidewalk repairs at Handy Park and Claude Allison Park in Redford.