Lawmakers gear up for last week in Lansing for the year

Dec 9, 2019

Michigan Capitol Building
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State lawmakers plan to finish up their work in Lansing this week.

The state House is expected to vote on bills to restore funding for some of the items vetoed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in late September. Whitmer vetoed nearly a billion dollars' worth of the items in the budget sent to her by the Republican majority in the state Legislature. She said she had to because she was shut out of the budget negotiations.

Lawmakers are not saying what is in the potential deal they reached with Whitmer that could convince her to sign the supplemental spending bill. But the deal will likely include changes to the powers of the state Administrative Board. Whitmer previously used the board to move around millions of dollars in the state budget…much to the frustration of Republican lawmakers.

I’m Cheyna Roth.