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Whitmer OKs bills to restore vetoed spending, fund prisons

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Posted at 12:57 PM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 17:48:41-05

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed spending bills to restore some funding she vetoed and to fund some of her priorities that weren't included in the budget she signed months ago.

The Democrat said Friday that the $574 million supplemental legislation is a “good deal" that includes essential funding for public health, safety and education.

The laws reinstate funding for charter schools, rural K-12 districts, tuition assistance at private colleges, jails, hospitals, sheriff's deputies and local governments. Whitmer had vetoed $947 million in spending proposed by the Republican-led Legislature after both sides failed to reach a budget agreement in September.