Whitmer To Lawmakers: Send Me Budget Bills This Week

From the Associated Press — Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer is urging Republican legislative leaders to send her budget bills this week, so she has time to review and sign them before a September 30 deadline. Whitmer wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield Tuesday. She said they should pass spending measures before a GOP “getaway” on Mackinac Island starting Friday. Republicans have begun advancing their proposed budget without a deal with Whitmer, after the sides agreed to table talks on a road-funding plan. She said budgets should ideally be presented to her two weeks before the end
of the fiscal year. Shirkey counters that Whitmer will know all the details Thursday – when more committees vote – but senators will wait until next Tuesday to take final action.