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Governor Calls for Increased Spending in State Budget

Feb 06, 2020

With a focus on education and skills, health and families, and climate and water, State Budget Director Chris Kolb presented the Executive Budget recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year beginning on October 1, 2020 to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. The total budget spending is $61.9 billion, an increase of 3.9% from the current […]

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Revenue Estimate Projections Increased

Jan 10, 2020

Revenue projections for the current and upcoming fiscal years were increased at today’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC) in Lansing, giving the legislature more to work with during the budget process. Held in January and May, the CREC gathers economic experts to project the state of the economy in the upcoming years, as well as […]

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Budget Spending Heads to the Governor

Dec 13, 2019

Following months of negotiations, the legislature approved appropriations that would restore some of the funding that Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed from the current fiscal year budgets. Restored funding includes: $13 million for secondary road patrols $15 million to reimburse county jails for holding state prisoners $15 million to combat PFAS contamination at municipal airports $27 […]

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Legislature Moves Forward with Budget

Dec 06, 2019

The House and Senate voted this week to restore some of the programs vetoed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer from the 2019-2020 Fiscal year budget. Additionally, the bills address some of the governor’s transfers made through the State Administrative Board actions. The votes came after weeks of negotiating between the House, Senate, and administration. Both the […]

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Legislation Curbing Gubernatorial Powers Moves Forward

Nov 08, 2019

Legislation that would curb a governor’s ability to use the State Administrative Board to transfer funds appropriated by the legislature was reported by the House Government Operations Committee. The bill would limit the amount of money the board could redirect in any one line-item to $200,000 in one budget year. The legislation was introduced after […]

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Legislation Seeks to Reduce State Administrative Board Powers

Nov 01, 2019

Legislation has been introduced that would curb a governor’s ability to transfer funds using the State Administrative Board. Introduced by Representative Ben Frederick (R-Owosso) and House Appropriations Chairman Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron), the legislation would limit the amount of money the board can redirect in any one line item to $200,000 in one budget year. […]

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Governor and Legislative Leaders Working on Finding Budget Common Ground

Oct 11, 2019

In response to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s line-item vetoes in the budget, Republican members in the House and Senate introduced legislation this week that would reinstate funding for some of those items. Twenty-three nearly identical supplemental appropriations bills were introduced in each chamber, which would restore over a quarter-million dollars in vetoed funding. Each bill would […]

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Governor Uses Vetoes on Budgets, Transfers Funds

Oct 04, 2019

On Monday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued 147 line-item vetoes in the state budgets for the upcoming fiscal year, which began on October 1. While her utilizing vetoes was not a surprise, the high-number of those she red-lined was. In total, she vetoed nearly one-billion dollars in spending, including $375 million in one-time funds for infrastructure […]

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