The Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday that with just a week to spare, the GOP-lead Michigan Legislature finished work Tuesday on a $59.9 billion budget for the 2020 fiscal year that includes $120 million for water infrastructure improvements and treatment of PFAS and other contaminants in water systems across the state.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has called the budget “a mess.” The Governor normally has 14 days to sign it, veto it, or use a line-item veto on selected items. However, the start of the next fiscal year is October 1, which shortens the time for the Governor to finalize the budget to avoid a partial state government shutdown.
The transportation budget does not have a long-term road funding plan like Whitmer originally wanted. Instead, it includes $400 million in one-time money for roads and bridges. Whitmer says this doesn’t go far enough to fix the roads. In the bills sent to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s desk, the overall higher education budget would increase by less than one percent and the paper reported that Democrats and some Republicans are not happy with that.