Half of that money is planned to be set to local communities in the new future.
Legislators in the Michigan House want to set aside $115 million more for road projects than their counterparts in the Senate.
Gov. Rick Snyder is taking on what he says is “misinformation” over his record of funding public schools not long before he puts forward his next budget.
Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers have nearly $1 billion more than expected when crafting Michigan’s next budget.
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.