McBroom highlights UP investments in FY 2025 budget

McBroom highlights UP investments in FY 2025 budget

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ed McBroom on Thursday announced the adoption of the fiscal year 2025 annual budget, which includes many key investments in the Upper Peninsula.

“This budget is the culmination of months of work and negotiations,” said McBroom, R-Waucedah Township. “While I remain disappointed by the majority’s prioritizing of programs, the budget process was open to numerous efforts I made for the U.P. and to bring more transparency, reduction of debt, and increased accountability to state bureaucracy. Additionally, the critical funding for the delivery of babies in the western U.P. after the loss of Ontonagon hospital and the improvements to Munising’s hospital are incredibly important for the U.P. people and economy.”

Specific to the Upper Peninsula, the budget sends:

  • $1.2 million to the Ironwood hospital to assist with OB-GYN services.
  • $2 million to Munising hospital for numerous updates.
  • $1 million for debt assistance for the Marquette Regional History Center.
  • $1 million for County Road 573.
  • $1 million in debt relief for Pine Mountain Ski Jump at Veterans Park in Iron Mountain.
  • $800,000 for continuation of the state’s “cold case” investigation and training program at Northern Michigan University.
  • $500,000 for the Gladstone Senior Center.
  • $400,000 for track replacement at the Stephenson Sports Complex.

Additionally, disaster relief funds were appropriated to Marquette and Baraga counties to assist with flood damages not covered by federal funds.

“While being in the minority has reduced the level of support the U.P. has received the last two years, I am proud the U.P. team has been able to get support from my colleagues on several very critical hospital and infrastructure needs,” McBroom said. “Budget negotiations have also leveraged significant support for the infrastructure grants for Gogebic County, to be matched by Highland Copper, in the construction of an already permitted, new copper mine. The House has already approved this $50 million, and we expect the Senate to act soon.”


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