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Legislature OKs budget bills that Whitmer deems ‘a mess’

Legislature OKs budget bills that Whitmer deems ‘a mess’


BRIAN:..THE STATE BUDGET IS NOW HEADED TO THE GOVERNOR.THE STATE LEGISLATURE SIGNED OFF ON IT THIS AFTERNOON.SUE:..THE GOVERNOR HAS UNTIL THE END OF THE DAY MONDAY TO SIGN IT TO AVOID A SHUTDOWN — BUT ITS NOT THE BUDGET THAT THE GOVERNOR WAS HOPING FOR.NEWS EIGHT POLITICAL REPORTER RICK ALBIN IS ON TOP OF TODAY’S DEVELOPMENTS FROM THE CAPITOL. 3 3 ((IN WHAT HAS TO BE RECORD TIME 15 BUDGETS WERE PASSED IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE TODAY. RECORD TIME, BUT LATE IN THE SEASON BECAUSE THE BUDGET DEADLINE IS MONDAY.)) THE SENATE AND HOUSE BOTH STARTED SESSION AT 10 AM TODAY. AS BUDGET BILLS CAME UP THERE WERE OCCASION EXPLANATION FOR VOTING NO BUT ALL BILLS PASSED AND RECEIVED A PROCEDURAL VOTE TO ALLOW THEM TO BECOME EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY UPON THE GOVERNOR WHITMERS SIGNATURE. THAT SIGNATURE IS NO SURE THING.WHEN ASKED WHAT HE EXPECTED HER TO DO SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MIKE SHIRKEY TOLD US. 3 WHAT HE MAY EXPECT IS THAT THE GOVERNOR WILL VETO SOME BUDGETS THAT WOULD NOT NECESSARILY CAUSE A SHUT DOWN, LINE ITEM VETO SPENDING SHE DISAGREES WITH OR SIGN THEM AS IS WHICH ISN’T LIKELY.SO HOW, AFTER NEGATIONS BROKE DOWN COMPLETELY, DID SHIRKEY AND REPUBLICAN LEADERS IN THE HOUSE GET DEMOCRATS TO PASS A BUDGET THAT A GOVERNOR OF THIER OWN PARTY DOESN’T WANT? ((WE’VE GOT GREAT PARTNERSHIP AND GREAT COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. THEY UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO PASS A BUDGET ON TIME.)) FOR THIER PAR DEMOCRATS AGREED THAT BUDGETS NEED TO BE DONE BUT COULDN’T HID THIER DISSATISFACTION WITH THE PROCESS AND THE PRODUCT.((WELL LISTEN WE CERTAINLY AREN’T LOOKING TO SHUT DOWN THE PROCESS. THE GOVERNOR NEEDS TO GET THEM TO HER DESK FOR THE RIGHT THING TO HAPPEN NEXT SO YOU KNOW, WE PLAYED OUR ROLE THERE. AT THE SAME TIME THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED TO HAVE ONE PARTY PASSING BUDGETS TO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK WITH ALMOST NO NEGOTIATION )) 3 3

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