Free community college, pre-K included in Michigan’s $23.4B education budget

Many Michigan families would receive free pre-K and all high school graduates would receive free community college education under the 2025 spending plan passed Thursday by lawmakers.

The $23.4 billion spending plan for education also would continue free breakfast and lunches for all students at a cost of $200 million. Free meals for students was first included in the current budget, and it’s something Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has wanted to make permanent.

The overall $82.5 billion state budget for 2025 was approved early Thursday, June 27, by lawmakers during an overnight session. It now heads to Whitmer’s desk for her signature.

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