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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 House and Senate voted on Wednesday to pass the supplemental appropriations.

Funding restored includes:

    • Autism intervention programs
    • County jail reimbursement
    • Michigan Tuition Grant program funding for 17,000 independent college students
    • $16.6 million for rural hospitals
    • $10.7 million for pediatric psychiatric services
    • $7 million for rural and island school districts
    • $10 million for school safety grants
    • $15 million to assist local communities combatting PFAS contamination at municipal airports
    • $27 million to counties for the payment in lieu of taxes program
    • Implementation of Proposal 2
    • $10.5 million to hire additional correction officers

The Senate package also includes a measure that would limit State Administrative Board transfers and set in statute a target deadline of July 1 for the Legislature to present a budget to the governor. The bills will be sent to the other chamber for consideration.

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