Michigan Capitol | Susan J. Demas
Two supplemental bills aimed at filling the state’s $2.2 billion budget hole for Fiscal Year 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic successfully passed through the House and Senate Wednesday.
The bills, along with an executive order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, use $350 million of the state’s $1.1 billion rainy day fund, federal COVID-19 relief money, cuts to a number of state agencies and state employee furloughs.
The supplementals passed through the Senate with a 36-1 vote and through the House late Wednesday evening with a 104-0 vote.
Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) was the lone lawmaker to nix the budget deal, saying the bills rely too heavily on federal funds and may be “putting ourselves in a very difficult position for next year.”
The bills will now be sent to the governor’s desk to be signed.
Moving forward, the lawmakers will need to come up with a plan for Fiscal Year 2021, which begins Oct. 1 and is estimated to fall short by $3 billion. Whitmer must sign that budget by Sept. 30 to avoid a partial government shutdown.
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