Press reports indicate that the Michigan House and Senate started to finalize a budget deal Wednesday in which the GOP-led Legislature reversed some of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s vetoes. In return, the governor has received some of her priorities. This would end a two-month impasse over the state budget for the fiscal year that began October 1.
The Legislature restored 27 of Whitmer’s 147 line-item vetoes and reversed State Administrative Board transfers in six of the 13 state departments affected by Whitmer’s budget shifts. The supplemental bills total $459.3 million, including $256.7 million in general fund dollars.
“While this doesn’t restore all of the governor’s vetoes, it’s a good first step in the right direction,” said Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland.
Tiffany Brown, spokeswoman for the Governor said, “The governor is pleased that the House and Senate each took initial action on a supplemental budget that will restore critical funding for public health, public safety and public education,” she said. “This is an important, bipartisan step forward for our state to ensure we are providing essential services to Michigan families and she is hopeful we can finalize it next week.”