Whitmer OKs bills to restore vetoed spending, fund prisons
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday signed spending bills to restore some funding she vetoed and to fund some of her priorities that were not included in the budget she signed months ago.
The $574 million supplemental legislation is a “good deal for Michigan taxpayers that will provide essential funding for public health, public safety and public education,” the Democrat said in a statement.
The laws reinstate funding for charter schools, rural K-12 districts, need-based tuition assistance at private colleges, jails, hospitals, sheriff’s deputies and local governments. Whitmer had vetoed $947 million in spending proposed by the Republican-led Legislature after both sides failed to reach a budget agreement in September.
She said the new laws include $45 million for the Department of Corrections, $10.5 million for literacy coaches and nearly $20 million to help clean up drinking water.
As part of the deal, Whitmer agreed to a provision that lets lawmakers undo department fund transfers initiated by her State Administrative Board related to the supplemental spending. Other bills signed Friday impose notification requirements on the board, require legislators to pass a budget by July 1 each year and clarify that the state auditor can access confidential or electronically stored information from the executive branch.