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Budget bills still on their way to Gov. Whitmer

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Posted at 7:43 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 19:43:07-04

LANSING, Mich. — The budget bills passed by Michigan legislatures Tuesday still have not made it to the governor's desk, according to the governor's office.

The $59.9 billion budget includes $5.3 billion for the transportation budget.

Gov. Whitmer called the final budget bills "a mess" weeks after talks broke down.

Gov. Whitmer released a statement that says, "These budgets are a mess. After taking time off for a two-month summer vacation and a weekend getaway on Mackinac Island, Republicans are playing more shell games with the state budget so they can buy a phony talking point that they're spending 'record money' on roads."

As of now, it appears unlikely there will be a partial government shutdown, but Gov. Whitmer could partly or fully veto spending measures.

Gov. Whitmer and Democrats oppose Republicans' planned use of $400 million in one-time general funds in the transportation budget -- a routine practice in recent years, but one they say is a Band-Aid approach that tightens other spending that already is being squeezed by a past road-funding deal.

"We finished all passing of budgets yesterday, both the house and senate passed everything through and I think the government is waiting for those to be transmitted to her today," Representative Julie Brixie said.

Governor Whitmer normally has 14 days to sign or veto a budget, but that time frame is effectively tightened by the looming start of the 2020 fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1.

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