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More than $400M in spending set to be restored as Michigan budget negotiations continue

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Published: Dec. 9, 2019 at 3:10 PM EST
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Members of the Michigan State Legislature are continuing to work toward a budget agreement, two months after the 2020 budget was finalized.

The State Legislature is currently working to pass a supplemental spending bill that would restore $459.3 million to the 2020 Michigan budget.

Among the spending that would be restored to the 2020 budget, reimbursements for county jails, and secondary road patrol funding for sheriff’s offices.

"We have a lot of need to have good police services like anywhere else in the state does and these funds are critical to making that happen," 38th State District Senator Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan).

Another notable return, $7 million in funding for small, isolated school districts.

"These would have been huge cuts to these small districts in the Upper Peninsula," said 109th State District Representative Sarah Cambensy (D-Marquette).

Still absent at this time, the $375 million in general funding republicans had planned to use for roads before Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed it.

"With the Upper Peninsula having about a third of the landmass in Michigan, our roads deserve more than 3 percent of that funding," said Cambensy.

A proposal, and funding to fix the state's roads and bridges, is not expected to be done by the end of the year.

Most of the programs with funding restored though, will begin to see that money once the bill is passed.

While this two-month process has seen disagreements and distrust on both sides of the aisle, Upper Michigan legislators have continued to work together.

"We believe that it accomplishes more for the Upper Peninsula when the four of us can work together," said McBroom.

The supplemental spending bill is expected to pass this week. Another bill covering lower priority programs like the Pure Michigan campaign is in the works for later in the month.

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