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Republicans propose undoing some Whitmer budget vetoes

Posted: 2:29 PM, Oct 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-08 14:29:00-04
Lansing Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — Republicans who control Michigan's Legislature are proposing to reverse some budget vetoes that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued last week.

Supplemental spending bills introduced in the Senate on Tuesday would fund scholarships for students who attend in-state private colleges and a per-student funding increase for charter schools.

Republicans also want to make payments to local governments that can't tax state-owned land, fund a summer program for third-graders lagging in reading and ensure that about 120 sheriff's deputies keep patrolling county and local roads.

A spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says lawmakers are preparing for potential budget-related action and nothing has been decided pending talks with Whitmer. Legislative leaders and Whitmer plan to meet Thursday.

She vetoed nearly $1 billion in proposed spending after budget discussions broke down.

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