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Governor Whitmer tells Republican leaders to get budget bills passed this week

Posted: 3:09 PM, Sep 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-18 11:17:17-04
Gretchen Whitmer

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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