GOP leaders, Whitmer eye potential end to budget impasse

Posted at 8:20 AM, Nov 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-07 08:21:34-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-led Legislature may be close to resolving a budget impasse that led her to veto nearly $1 billion in proposed funding.

Supplemental spending bills are listed for potential votes in the House Thursday and the State Administrative Board is due to hold a special meeting at which it could unwind more than $600 million in fund transfers the Democratic governor ordered more than a month ago.

Whitmer vetoed an unprecedented amount of funding after being sent a budget over which she had no input following a breakdown in short-term road-funding talks.

She and Republicans want to undo some of her spending cuts but have been at odds over limiting her ability to unilaterally shift funds within state departments.