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Budget battle: GOP budget puts million dollars less toward new redistricting commission

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been presented a budget by the state Legislature.

One area where Whitmer might have an issue with the budget is the state’s new redistricting commission.

Last November, Michigan’s voters approved a ballot initiative to create an independent redistricting commission.

       That commission costs money – for example to pay the salaries of the board members. Governor Whitmer’s budget proposal called for more than four (m) million dollars for the commission – but the budget headed for her desk calls for less than that.

Jamie Lyons Eddy is with Voters Not Politicians. That’s the group behind the initial ballot proposal. She says this move would go against the will of the people.

“They expected a fully funded redistricting commission and this cuts the redistricting budget by over a million dollars.”

       Republicans say they are following the law.