Michigan is closer to slicing $105 million from the state budget after the Republican-led Senate passed two bills that would help compensate for a shortfall in tax revenue.
“You have to make tough calls, tough decisions and smart decisions,” Gov, Rick Snyder said Wednesday,
Michigan spends less per driver on roads than any other state, yet also has some of the country’s highest taxes at the pump.
The legislation – approved 100-10 in the House and 24-12 by the Senate – includes nearly $37.5 billion for all general funding not including an overall 4 percent increase for K-12 schools, universities and community colleges that was approved late Wednesday.
Michigan lawmakers are tackling hefty issues in the last weeks before they break for the summer.
Budget director John Roberts said the Republican governor’s priorities in coming weeks include securing legislative support for $195 million to help end Detroit’s bankruptcy .
Calley said Friday a comprehensive road funding fix is still needed, but this money will address potholes and other problems caused by the harsh winter.
A newspaper investigation finds the state of Michigan spends at least $40 million a year for employees’ travel but there are inconsistencies in reporting and no high-level oversight.
Snyder said he had no regrets about pushing right to work through the legislature, though it drew major protests in Lansing. “It’s a good decision and Michigan’s better off for it,” he said.
Michigan’s cash crunch has resulted in the nation’s largest percentage drop in law enforcement employees over the past decade.