Local officials say there are ‘sharks in the water,’ as companies pitching everything from $7,400 vending machines to $200,000 body scanners seek contracts from the opioid settlement money coming to Michigan.
Michigan is receiving about $1.5 billion over 18 years, with about $725 million going to cities and counties. Some will receive a larger share of opioid settlement, based on how hard they’ve been hit by the crisis.
A landmark lawsuit settlement will pour $1.5 billion into Michigan, almost half of it directly to communities. But local governments have been slow to spend the money, and transparency questions dog efforts to fight the drug scourge.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unveiled an $80.7 billion spending proposal for the state’s next budget cycle, calling for a handful of initiatives centered around a 'Michigan Guarantee' of educational access and economic opportunities.
A Michigan lawmaker who sponsored an $18 million grant for a private housing project later received $15,000 in political contributions from the developer, according to an investigation by Bridge Michigan.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will call for $26.6 million in funding for family planning and maternal health services in her executive budget proposal Wednesday, aiming for improved maternal and infant health and increased access to contraception and other reproductive health care.
Supporters say a planned tax credit for producers who film in Michigan is a departure from Michigan’s last foray into similar incentives. Critics fear it’s a variation on a theme that ultimately didn’t do much for the state.