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House says settlement in Courser-Gamrat case will come from Appropriations budget

Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.
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Two former legislative aides who were fired by their then-bosses Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat will get a settlement from the state.

The money will come from the current Appropriations’ budget. In July of 2015, two aides say they were wrongfully fired by former Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.

This was around the time Courser and Gamrat were involved in a sex scandal cover-up. The House of Representatives has agreed to pay $515,000 total to the two aides and their attorneys.

Gideon D’Assandro is a spokesperson for House Speaker Kevin Cotter. He says the money is coming from funds set aside for things like staffing costs and business operations. “So this is money we can spend now to save taxpayers a lot lot more in the long-term.”

D’Assandro says the settlement prevents a lengthy and costly legal process.

I’m Cheyna Roth in Lansing.