Michigan budget

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The process for adopting a state budget this year was swift, secretive, and successful at getting a plan finalized just before the deadline. That allowed Governor Gretchen Whitmer to a $62.7 billion dollar state budget just before the new fiscal year began Thursday.

The process was abbreviated and the negotiations were largely behind closed doors. But the governor cheered the fact that Democrats and Republicans worked together to adopt a budget on time.

LANSING, MI--   The following is a press release from Senator Ed McBroom and Representative Greg Markkanen:

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Legislature on Wednesday finalized a bipartisan fiscal year 2021 budget that is balanced, on time, and increases investments to important priorities like job training, K-12 education, and public safety without raising taxes.   

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   State budget director Chris Kolb and the Legislature’s Republican leaders say they’ve reached a preliminary budget deal.

A joint statement from Kolb, House Appropriations Chair Shane Hernandez and Senate budget Chair Jim Stamas says the agreement includes no funding cuts to K-12 schools nor to revenue sharing payments to local governments.

The statement does not say where there will be cuts. But cuts will be necessary because revenue has dropped during the COVID-19 crisis.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan’s budget outlook is not as bad as was thought thanks to federal pandemic relief aid, higher consumer spending and tax payments than expected, and a quicker recovery by the auto industry.

In May, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration and legislative economists projected a combined $6.3 billion shortfall in two main funds over two year. They revised that hole downward, to $3.4 billion, in a meeting Monday. That means the situation isn't as dire as the Democratic governor and Republican-led Legislature work to pass a budget.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan lawmakers will return to session to pass a multibillion-dollar plan to resolve the deficit caused by the coronavirus shutdown with a mix of spending cuts, a drawdown of the state’s savings and a big influx of federal rescue aid. 

The framework of the deal was announced three weeks ago by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer continues to defend line item vetoes in budgets she otherwise approved last week. 

She also says it’s not too late to restore some of the spending.

Cuts to human services as well as the Pure Michigan tourism promotion program are unpopular with Republicans and Democrats alike. The governor says her calls were tough, but necessary. She also says she’d prefer a more bipartisan approach.

“I think this is an unprecedented time. It’s unfortunate. It’s not good for anyone, to be honest.”

MARQUETTE, MI--   Public Radio 90 News Director Nicole Walton sits down with Lt. Gov. Gilchrist to ask him about his thoughts on U.P. business, how the economy can improve, and what's happening with Michigan's budget. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed all of the state’s budgets for the new spending year – and used up a lot of red ink in the process.

Governor Whitmer says she had to make the 147 line-item vetoes to protect Michigan residents. In a recorded statement on Instagram, Whitmer said the budgets sent to her by the Republican controlled Legislature were, “Built on phony numbers, using funds in the wrong way, usurping executive power. These are important things that I had to eliminate from these budgets.”

Whitmer to announce budget plans

Sep 30, 2019

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign budget bills Monday and avert a partial shutdown of state government at midnight. 

But Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta says it’s not “game over” for the governor’s request for more money to fix roads.

LANSING, MI--   While Governor Gretchen Whitmer calls the Legislature-approved budget bills “a mess,” Senator Ed McBroom says it’s a fiscally responsible, balanced budget that doesn’t raise taxes and still directs money to fix roads. 

The Vulcan Republican says it includes $950,000 to help cover a shortfall in pension funding for the Michigan Works! UPWARD Talent Agency. The agency supports workforce development in six western U.P. counties.