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No word if Gov. Whitmer will veto some or all of the budget bills

Posted at 6:23 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 18:23:28-04

LANSING, Mich. — Budgets have been sent to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, but there's no word yet on if she will veto some or all of the budget bills that have been sent to her.

The state government will shut down if the budget isn't signed into law by Tuesday, Oct. 1 because the legislature won't be in session again before that time.

Whitmer and Democrats oppose the 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.

Republicans say using existing revenues prevents the need for Whitmer's proposed gas tax increase, which is dead.

“Michiganders deserve better," Gov. Whitmer said. "It’s time for Republicans to stop playing games and put a real road funding solution on the table that keeps drivers safe, ensures our roads get fixed with the right materials and mix, and makes road repairs now so costs don’t keep going up over the long run.”

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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