Thomas Albert

Whitmer signs remaining FY 2022 budget bills, vetoes ‘anti-choice’ line items

BY: - September 29, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law Wednesday the nearly $70 billion Fiscal Year 2022 budget, while axing Republicans’ cuts to abortion access and noting that budget language restricting COVID-19 mandates is unenforceable.  Whitmer vetoed what she termed seven “anti-choice” line items from the budget, totaling $16 million.  “These line items would create a gag rule […]

Bipartisan FY ‘22 budget moves one step closer to completion

BY: - September 21, 2021

The GOP-led Legislature took a key step Tuesday toward completing the nearly $70 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget, carving out money for criminal justice reform, education and a number of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s programs for workers.  The legislative Conference Committees unanimously approved both the Higher Education and General Government budgets and outlined the […]

GOP leaders, Whitmer admin. announce FY ‘22 budget deal, details MIA

BY: - September 16, 2021

Updated, 12:15 p.m. 9/16/21 and 3:10 p.m. 9/17/21, with additional comments Budget leaders from Michigan’s executive office, House and Senate announced Wednesday that they have reached a deal on the upcoming state budget for the new Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, but offered little in the way of what that budget will entail. There are 15 […]

House passes bipartisan budget with record-high school funding

BY: - June 25, 2021

With less than a week to go before the state Legislature’s July 1 budget deadline, the Michigan House passed a bipartisan budget plan Thursday night that had been negotiated with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The budget for the next fiscal year includes Whitmer’s proposal to make a record investment in K-12 public schools, and closes the […]

Students and schools are struggling during the pandemic. Here’s what’s in Whitmer’s recovery plan.

BY: - May 28, 2021

Many Michigan students are struggling with academic performance and social and emotional health, teachers are suffering from burnout and colleges are experiencing plunging enrollment rates during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This month, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rolled out a plan in response. “The most pressing challenges schools face aren’t new, but they have been exacerbated by the […]

Whitmer rolls out new K-12 budget proposal to close gap between low- and high-income districts

BY: - May 27, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday her priorities for K-12 education that uses federal funds and a state surplus to close the equity gap for Michigan’s schools.  “Right now, we have an unprecedented opportunity to help each and every student recover academically, mentally and physically,” Whitmer said in a statement. “With the resources we have available […]

With federal stimulus, experts now foresee a big revenue upswing for Michigan

BY: - May 21, 2021

Michigan budget experts are now estimating a much more optimistic economic outlook for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 than was estimated four months ago, thanks largely to federal COVID-19 relief funds. This comes one day after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP legislative leaders announced that they had agreed to negotiate on federal COVID spending, next year’s […]

GOP-led Legislature axes Whitmer programs, reduces federal COVID funding in budgets

BY: and - May 12, 2021

After nearly nine hours of session between both chambers of the GOP-led Michigan Legislature on Tuesday, lawmakers wrapped up the day having passed about half of the 17 Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget bills on their agendas. In February, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her state budget recommendation worth $67.1 billion for the next fiscal year […]

GOP House budget moves forward toward floor vote

BY: - May 7, 2021

The state House Appropriations Committee advanced the GOP-led House budget plan for Fiscal Year 2022 this week, which shifts some state agencies’ budgets to a quarterly basis and includes some stipulations for state departments and agencies around COVID-19 safety protocols. Committee Chair Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) said Wednesday that the move to create a quarterly […]

Only school districts with in-person learning get COVID relief cash under House GOP plan

BY: - April 28, 2021

The state House Appropriations Committee approved the first pieces of the GOP’s $13 billion COVID-19 relief funding plan Wednesday, but limited school funds to only districts that provide in-person learning.   Under the Fiscal Year 2021 supplemental bill, which includes $4.8 billion for schools, school districts would be required to offer at least 20 hours per […]

New House GOP COVID-19 relief plan again caps Whitmer’s powers

BY: - April 21, 2021

Updated with comment from State Business Office, 11:23 a.m., 4/21/21 House Republicans who control the lower chamber unveiled on Tuesday a $13 billion plan to spend federal COVID-19 relief money, most of which is from a plan President Joe Biden signed last month. It includes $3.2 billion from federal relief funds signed by former President […]

GOP House budget plan slashes envt. programs, gives Legislature more control in process 

BY: - April 20, 2021

The GOP-led state Legislature’s ongoing feud with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has seeped into the budget process for the next fiscal year, with the state House proposing major funding cuts and attempting to exert more control through a quarterly budgeting process. “One of the Legislature’s main missions is oversight of how taxpayer money is spent. […]