Stories tagged: "budget"

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2020 file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., heir status amid the coronavirus pandemic. Whitmer says gyms can reopen after 5 1/2 months of closure and organized sports can resume if masks are worn. She lifted some coronavirus restrictions Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, that lasted longer in Michigan than in many other states. The order, effective next Wednesday, allows for reopening fitness centers and indoor pools in remaining regions that hold 93% of Michigan's population.(Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)
Lawmakers, Governor Whitmer Agree on Budget With No K-12 Cuts

Just 17 days before the start of the next fiscal year, Michigan’s leaders decide on next year’s allocations.

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, speaks to reporters inside the Senate in Lansing, Mich. Shirkey is opposing legislation that would ease Michigan election clerks' ability to process an expected influx of absentee ballots, saying it would set a "dangerous precedent." Shirkey's stance — announced Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020,— makes it unlikely that the proposed change will be enacted before the November presidential election. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)
Michiganders Should ‘Suffer Through’ Budget Crisis Says Lansing Republican

Michiganders need health care during the pandemic, greater access to resources, and safe educational options. But this lawmaker blames the budget deficit on life-saving efforts.

FILE - In a June 17, 2020, file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer has extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency through Sept. 4, enabling her to keep in place restrictions designed to curb COVID-19. The Democratic governor on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, pointed to an uptick in cases. Since nearly two months ago, the seven-day statewide average is up six-fold, to about 700. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, File)
Michigan’s Budget Is Better Than We Expected. Here’s Why

A combination of Gov. Whitmer’s leadership and good luck made it possible for the state’s budget to shape up far better than expected.

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Michigan Has No Idea What Money Is Available to Address COVID Shortfalls

With a deadline looming, Michigan's budget falls $6 billion short. It could ease budget shortfalls, if Congress cooperates.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a news conference Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer urged the federal government to give the state more flexibility to spend coronavirus rescue aid to fill budget shortfalls and to pass another round of relief funding. (Michigan Executive Office of the Governor via AP)
Whitmer: Protecting K-12 Funding Is ‘Priority’ in Face of Pandemic Spending Cuts

With the state facing a $6.3 billion revenue hole, Gov. Whitmer is waiting on aid from Congress and President Trump. Even if they don’t cooperate, Whitmer will still prioritize the needs of Michigan schools.

Gov. Whitmer giving an update on Michigan's course during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy the Office of the Governor.
Gov. Whitmer Is Cutting Her Own Pay To Help Cover State’s Coronavirus Expenses

Michigan's budget will be thrown way out of balance by the long-term effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is leading by example by taking a pay cut.