Editor’s note: Michigan experienced a State Government shutdown over the budget in 2007. Stations should be prepared that should a shutdown occur again, many services may stop, including writing checks to vendors.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday (9/11) that budget talks between GOP Leaders and Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer have broken down in a dispute centered over how much to direct to roads and bridges in the coming fiscal year after the sides previously could not reach consensus on a tax hike to permanently boost the transportation budget.
This came just days after they agreed to sideline negotiations over a long-term road-funding proposal to focus on passing a spending plan before an October 1 deadline.
GOP lawmakers said House-Senate conference committees will start approving some spending bills Thursday despite Whitmer not being on board. It could set the stage for a veto showdown after Whitmer and Republican leaders said Monday their No. 1 priority was enacting a budget.
“Our sincere efforts to reach consensus on budget targets came to an abrupt end when my governor ended negotiations this afternoon,” Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said in a written statement. “A negotiation must include parties that put forth genuine effort to compromise and reach consensus. We could not have predicted that our talks would break down over my governor wanting less money to fix the roads, but in the end, we could not accommodate her position.”
In response, Whitmer said “Republicans wasted two months by going on vacation this summer instead of staying in Lansing to negotiate. That’s the only reason we don’t have a budget right now. After months of inaction, the best plan they could come up with would steal money from other priorities and doesn’t fix the roads.”