LANSING, Mich. — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is telling Republican legislative leaders to send her budget bills this week, so she has time to review and sign them before a Sept. 30 deadline.
Whitmer wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield Tuesday. She said they should pass spending measures before a GOP political "getaway" on Mackinac Island that starts Friday.
Republicans last week began advancing parts of their proposed budget without a deal with Whitmer, after the sides agreed to table talks on a long-term road-funding plan.
She said budgets should ideally be presented to her two weeks before the end of the fiscal year, which is Sept. 30, and she hopes to avoid a government shutdown.
Republicans will comment on Whitmer's request later Tuesday.
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