The Michigan House appropriations subcommittee on health and human services approved a proposed fiscal 2018 budget that calls for a 1.1 percent increase from last year for the state Department of Health and Human Services, but would reduce Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget by $368 million.
None of the four Democrats on the House appropriations committee voted for the MDHHS budget, leaving all seven Republicans, led by Chairman Edward Canfield, to approve House Bill 4248 (H-1).
“We had hours and hours of discussions with minority leaders, MDHHS staff, on what people thought the impact would be from the budget,” said Canfield, noting that he received instructions from GOP House leadership to hold firm on the proposed budget reductions.
“I would love to have all the money in the world to fund everything” that Gov. Snyder and the Democrats on the committee want, Canfield said. “There are good programs that we are not funding as much as the governor would like. I don’t believe we are cutting much for programs, but we did not fund increases in several programs.”
Snyder’s proposed budget for MDHHS was $25.537 billion, including $4.461 billion of general tax revenue, which were 2.6 percent and 1.6 percent increases, respectively from the current 2017 budget.
However, the House committee approved MDHHS’ budget of $25.169 billion, a 1.1 percent increase from fiscal 2017. But the committee cut state tax revenue funding MDHHS by $51 million, or 1.1 percent, to…
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