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Whitmer signs bipartisan budget, but GOP leaders still get digs in

BY: and - September 30, 2020

Hours before the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed a $62.8 billion budget that was agreed to by legislative leaders weeks earlier. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget does not include any funding cuts to local governments, schools, colleges and universities. The Democratic governor said the […]

State budget bills start to move after leaders announce framework

BY: - September 15, 2020

The House and Senate pushed two budget bills Tuesday to the next step in the process in an attempt to finalize the Fiscal Year 2021 budget before the Sept. 30 deadline. Votes on House Bill 5396, introduced by House Appropriations Chair Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron), was a procedural step to send the bill to conference […]

Leaders agree on budget blueprint with 2 weeks until new fiscal year

BY: - September 14, 2020

Just a few weeks ahead of the state’s new fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1, leaders have come to an agreement on a state budget framework. The deal, which was announced Monday evening by Senate Appropriations Chairman Jim Stamas (R-Midland), House Appropriations Chairman Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) and State Budget Director Chris Kolb, won’t […]

Michigan budget outlook is brighter, but cuts still loom

BY: - August 24, 2020

The estimated outlook for the state budget over the next two years is more optimistic than it was back in May. But revenues for Michigan’s Fiscal Year 2020 are still down $926 million and they’ve dropped $2.47 billion for FY 2021, according to economists.  The news comes as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP legislative leaders […]

State economy in better shape than expected thanks to federal aid

BY: - August 24, 2020

Economists on Monday painted a rosier than expected forecast on the state economy during the state Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference.  “We’ve had a stronger than anticipated recovery,” said David Zin of the nonpartisan Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency. Federal COVID-19 recovery aid, consumer spending and manufacturing and auto economies have helped Michigan’s economy, experts said at […]

Schools will see more funding under bipartisan deal to fix this year’s budget 

BY: - July 22, 2020

State leaders have come to a bipartisan consensus on how to fill the $2.2 billion budget hole for the 2020 fiscal year, and the plan is dependent on the state’s rainy day fund and federal funding for COVID-19 relief. Two supplemental bills went in front of the House and Senate Appropriations committees Wednesday. Both bills […]

One budget deal down, one to go

BY: - June 30, 2020

As Michigan faces a $2.2 billion budget deficit caused by COVID-19 and a loss of statewide revenue, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican Legislature have come to a consensus on how to balance out the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.  The state must balance its budgets by the end of the fiscal year. The budget […]

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GOP lawmakers pop resolution against state bailout from D.C.

BY: - May 28, 2020

A resolution introduced in the House Wednesday would deny the state federal bailouts and financial relief during Michigan’s worst economic downturn since the Great Recession thanks to the COVID-19 crisis. House Resolution 267, introduced by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga (R-Manton), says that “it should not be incumbent on the federal government and American taxpayers to […]

GOP Legislature moves toward suing Whitmer, as armed protestors watched from Senate gallery

BY: and - April 30, 2020

Updated, 10:12 a.m., 5/1/20 As Senate members sat in session on Thursday, about 20 protesters, some of whom were armed with long guns, stood above in the gallery, while roughly 600 more protested on the Capitol lawn and outside the House and Senate chambers.   “Directly above me, men with rifles yelling at us. Some of […]

Whitmer vetoes spending to funnel more money to COVID-19 response

BY: - March 30, 2020

State health officials say Michigan is still weeks away from a peak in COVID-19 cases and we are still lacking medical equipment in the state. So in order to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer whacked new state budget spending the Legislature had teed up. “We know we’ve got to be […]

Peters outraises James in 2019 for U.S. Senate battle

BY: - February 15, 2020

Updated, 7:15 a.m., 2/16/20 Michigan will host some of the most closely watched down-ballot races in November, including a U.S. Senate contest and some House races that could be tight.  Overall, freshman U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) raised $11.7 million through the end of December and ended the year with $8 million in the […]

Whitmer unveils $62B budget with boosts for education, environment, safety net

BY: - February 6, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday proposed a $61.9 billion budget for the 2021 fiscal year starting Oct. 1, with significant boosts for K-12 education, environmental protection and safety net programs. Among her notable initiatives, Whitmer proposes to wipe out school lunch debt for Michigan students, offer 12 weeks of paid parental leave for state employees […]