State budget bills start to move after leaders announce framework

    Michigan Capitol | Susan J. Demas

    The House and Senate pushed two budget bills Tuesday to the next step in the process in an attempt to finalize the Fiscal Year 2021 budget before the Sept. 30 deadline.

    Votes on House Bill 5396, introduced by House Appropriations Chair Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron), was a procedural step to send the bill to conference committee, where budget details will be hashed out. After the panel signs a conference report, legislation returns to the House and Senate for final approval before heading to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk.

    The committee is composed of three members from each chamber, but the names of these members have not yet been released. 

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    The House also voted and passed Senate Bill 927, introduced by Senate Appropriations Chair Jim Stamas (R-Midland), which will go back to the Senate before heading off to conference committee.

    On Monday evening, Hernandez, Stamas and State Budget Director Chris Kolb announced they had come to an agreement on a state budget framework for Fiscal Year 2021. 

    In their announcement, they said there won’t be cuts to the state’s K-12 public school funding or revenue sharing for local governments. Details of the framework have not yet been released.

    Michigan’s budget is roughly $58 billion.

    Allison Donahue
    Allison Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.