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FY 2020/21 Budget Agreement Reached

Sep 18, 2020

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas (R-Midland), House Appropriations Committee Chairman Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron), and State Budget Director Chris Kolb announced they have reached an agreement on the spending parameters for the state’s 2021 Fiscal Year budget. Despite the impact of the pandemic on the state’s economy and budget, under the agreement there won’t […]

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Legislature Approves of Plan Dealing with Budget Shortfall

Jul 24, 2020

This week, the legislature approved of two bills resolving the $2.2 billion budget deficit for the current fiscal year and the Senate Appropriations Committee approved of an executive order reducing current-year spending. The plan utilizes $936 million in spending cuts and hiring freezes and most state agencies will see reductions, including the executive and legislative […]

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Budget Agreement Reached, Governor Signs Supplemental

Jul 02, 2020

A deal was reached this week to deal with the $2.2 billion budget shortfall caused by COVID-19 within the current 2019-2020 Fiscal Year budget. The budget agreement was announced by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey(R-Clarklake), and Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield (R-Levering). The deal relies on federal COVID-19 relief funding for […]

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State Revises Revenue Estimates Down $3.2 Billion

May 15, 2020

Today the biannual Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC) was held, where it was agreed the state will have significantly less funds available when crafting the upcoming Fiscal Year budget. Today’s conference is a follow-up to January’s conference, where updated economic data is used to review, and adjust when necessary, the anticipated revenue to the state. […]

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Legislature Moves Supplemental Spending

Mar 13, 2020

After back and forth between the House and the Senate, the chambers approved of legislation providing $312 million in supplemental funding for the current fiscal year. The bill provides funding for several of the programs that had their appropriations vetoed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2019. Funding within the legislation includes: $25 million for state […]

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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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