Gov, Lawmakers Change Budget Approach

Gov. Whitmer and Republican leaders in the state legislature agree to separate negotiations on the state budget and more state road funding. That will make it easier for them to come up with a budget by the deadline of October 1st.

The state fiscal year runs out at the end of the month.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R), and House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R) released the following joint statement:

“The people of Michigan deserve leadership in Lansing that will work to continue providing them with services they depend on every day. In conversations over the weekend, we’ve agreed that the best course of action is to immediately begin target-setting with legislative and executive leadership to get a budget passed by October 1st. We have all agreed to continue conversations about road funding in a meaningful way and table all associated issues for the time being. Right now, our number one priority is getting a budget passed. We look forward to rolling up our sleeves and negotiating on behalf of the people of Michigan.”