GOP state Senators want to use $30 million from the state’s rainy day fund to dredge Great Lakes harbors grappling with record-low water levels.
The Michigan state budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, signed last week by Gov. Rick Snyder, includes a $2 million provision for Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association.
There will be no shutdown of state government this year as state lawmakers have put the finishing touches on this year’s budget, about three months ahead of the deadline.
Michigan’s budget will have about $300 million more this year than predicted in January, a combination of higher-than-expected tax payments and fewer people receiving Medicaid and welfare benefits, according to state economists.
Gov. Snyder contends that he is increasing state support for education but the Senate Democratic leader strongly disagrees.
Some estimates show the state could have more than $800 million in the general fund and school-aid fund. Final numbers won’t be settled for a few weeks.
Gov. Rick Snyder, armed with a new business-friendly state budget, is about to become more aggressive in telling the Michigan story to potential investors.
Those opposed to cutting education funding continue to try to gather support.
Schools have been taking one cut after another for year after year and they’re saying now that there is this surplus, give it to us to buy down that cut per pupil number.
After the big debate over Michigan’s budget — the necessary cuts and the restructuring of the business tax plan — there’s word that there are millions in unanticipated dollars sitting in the state treasury, which earlier seemed bare.