Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday will hold her first meeting with the four leaders of each legislative caucus, her spokeswoman confirmed to the Advance.
Michigan has a divided government, with a Democratic governor and both houses of the Legislature led by Republicans. Whitmer has said it’s a priority to restart the “quadrant meetings,” which lapsed during Gov. Rick Snyder’s two terms with unified GOP control in Michigan.
The quadrant meeting includes Whitmer, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and House Minority Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills).
While talking to reporters last week, Shirkey appeared somewhat lukewarm about the meetings, but said, “I can’t wait for the first one.”
Last week, leaders got a somewhat promising report from financial experts about the state of the economy and Michigan finances. Negotiations for a new budget are expected to start soon. Leaders must have a budget for fiscal year 2020 in place by Oct. 1.