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Trust – or the lack of it – is holding up a deal to restore hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts to rural hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.  A deal seemed close Thursday, but the state Senate Republican leader says he’s lost faith that Governor Gretchen Whitmer would hold up her end of any bargain.  And so, he wants a new state law to seal the deal.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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Some Republicans in the state House want to limit the governor’s ability to move money around within state budgets.  They passed a bill out of a state House committee Wednesday.  Cheyna Roth has more.


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Through the contentious and controversial process of passing a new state budget, there was a point when the Republican-led Legislature removed much of the money earmarked to address water issues in Michigan.  Most of the money made its way back in by the time Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the spending bills and rearranged departmental spending.  In this month’s "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," you’ll get reaction to the spending plans and a look at increasing bi-partisanship when it comes to protecting our waters.  89.1 WEMU’s David Fair talks it through with Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak and Tony Spaniola from the organization Need Our Water, Oscoda. 


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed 375 million dollars in one-time road funding.  As Cheyna Roth reports, the governor finished signing all 16 state budgets hours before the October 1st deadline.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign budget bills today and avert a partial shutdown of state government at midnight.  But, as we hear Rick Pluta, it’s not “game over” for the governor’s request for more money to fix roads. 


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is urging the Legislature to return to Lansing to vote on the state budget and revenue to fix the roads.  GOP leaders say they won’t be pushed.  Rick Pluta was with the governor during a stop at a community college in Detroit.


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A new idea to raise money to fix the state’s roads involves selling state assets to pay for the infrastructure.  As Cheyna Roth reports, the assets include the Blue Water Bridge.


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In her first few months in office, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has made infrastructure and clean water among her top priorities.  Whitmer outlines her environmental strategy and budget with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director, Lisa Wozniak. 


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is set to release her first budget proposal next week.  Through her campaign and into the first months of her administration, improving the environment has been at the fore.  In this month’s edition of "1st Friday," State Senator Jeff Irwin joins WEMU’s David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak to see what has been done, what is being proposed, and where we can go from here.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer will give her first State of the State address tonight.


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Michigan State University interim president John Engler is facing fallout from e-mails he sent regarding the Larry Nassar scandal.  A new redistricting proposal is heading to the November ballot.  Plus, Planned Parenthood is facing major cuts due to the next state budget.  WEMU's David Fair and the Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta discuss these issues in this week's "The State of Politics."


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Governor Rick Snyder called for fiscal responsibility during his final State of the State address.  This could clash with the priorities of the state lawmakers.


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Governor Rick Snyder faces a decision soon on whether to sign or veto a bill he doesn’t like.  It deals with how the state raises money for Medicaid. 


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A plan will go ahead to let private and religious schools get taxpayer money for health and safety programs mandated by the state.  That’s after the Michigan Supreme Court declined to weigh in on the issue.


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Governor Rick Snyder’s administration and Republicans in the Legislature are at odds over how to pay for the Medicaid program.


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A lawsuit says Michigan is short-changing local governments $4 billion dollars a year.  If it succeeds, it would blow a giant hole in the state budget and send legislators and state budget officials scrambling to find a fix. 


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Governor Rick Snyder has asked the Michigan Supreme Court to tell him whether a part of the new state budget complies with the state constitution.


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A panel of state budget experts anticipates a $300 million windfall left over from the last fiscal year.  


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Michigan's economy improves, but at a slower pace

The long, harsh winter slowed the state's economic recovery. And it took a bite out of tax revenues, leaving Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature with about $300 million less to work with as they put the finishing touches on a new state budget.

State Lawmakers, Governor Wrangle Mid-Year Budget

Mar 10, 2014
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Governor meets with legislative leaders to hammer out road fix, Medicaid deal

State lawmakers are about to dive into the process of crafting a budget for next fiscal year. But they have to fix some problems with the current year's budget first.

One of the biggest concerns is a hole in the state's Medicaid budget of more than $100 million. Everyone agrees that shortfall needs to be addressed. But the state House and Senate have not been able to agree on how to fix it or where that money should come from.