Senate acts to restore budget cuts

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate approved fiscal year 2020 budget supplemental legislation on Wednesday to restore more than $570 million of Gov. Whitmer’s budget vetoes and transfers.

“The governor’s budget cuts have had a devastating effect on many people, programs and services throughout Southwest Michigan,” said Sen. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “The budget supplemental bills that we approved would restore much of that funding, including funds that support students, veterans, health care services and the Jobs for Michigan Graduates program, among many others that were impacted by the governor’s cuts.

“Resolving this budget impasse is something that can only be done by working together, and I am hopeful that the governor will join us by signing the bills when they reach her desk. Doing so will not only restore the funding, but it will also help restore a positive relationship so that we can continue to help Michigan grow and prosper.”

Senate Bills 376 and 377 would restore a total of $573.5 million of the governor’s vetoed funding and administrative funding transfers.