Michigan Budget Standoff Unlikely To End Until December

(Lansing, MI – AP) – A budget standoff between the Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer is unlikely to be resolved until December at the earliest. The Michigan House won’t convene for voting Wednesday. It began a three-week hunting and Thanksgiving break last week but had left open the possibility of meeting Wednesday if a deal was in reach.

The Senate will meet Wednesday before taking two weeks off. The House could return for a day next week if an agreement is struck, though the sides don’t seem optimistic. Pressure has been building for Whitmer and Republicans to settle their differences after she vetoed nearly $1 billion in proposed spending. They want
to restore some funding but are at odds over Republicans’ push to let legislators check her power to shift funds within departments.