GOP Leaders, Whitmer Eye Potential End To Budget Impasse

WWJ News
November 07, 2019 - 11:42 am
Gretchen Whitmer AP photo

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019 file photo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks at a news conference in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/David Eggert File)


LANSING (WWJ/AP) - Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Legislative leaders may be close to resolving a budget impasse that led her to veto nearly $1 billion in proposed funding.

The two sides have been at odds over limiting Whitmer ability to unilaterally shift funds within state departments after she transferred more than $600 million. But on Thursday, they agreed to move forward with a supplemental budget bill.

"They are getting very close on agreeing on restoring some of the vetoes that she issued last October, hitting a number of critical services," said WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick, who was with the governor this morning. "This is a major breakthrough if this falls into place. The governor is not declaring victory in going home, she's just saying we've come further than we have in the past. She said, 'If we don't play political games this afternoon, we could actually get this stuff done.'"

Whitmer vetoed an unprecedented amount of funding after being sent a budget in which she had no input following a breakdown in road-funding talks.

The Democrat says charter schools and advocates for autism funding should urge legislators to pass the legislation and not "play games."

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