Michigan budget

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Legislature has sent Governor Rick Snyder the new state budget, including a provision that attempts to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. 

Snyder and the Legislature’s disagree on the provision, which could lead to a showdown on whether it will be enforced.

The provision in the budget would require county health departments to favor family planning clinics that don’t also offer abortions. State law already forbids the direct use of public money funds for abortions, so this would apply to money for services unrelated to terminating a pregnancy.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder's administration and key lawmakers have struck a budget deal that includes using a surplus to boost road spending, school-safety initiatives and savings.

The agreement was reached Thursday. Now the leaders of individual legislative subcommittees will iron out details in coming weeks.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder and state lawmakers just got a windfall of $315 million to spend in the new state budget. 

It’s the result of better-than-expected economic growth that yielded more tax revenue.

State Senator David Hildenbrand chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee. He says Republicans will look into paying down debt, and putting money into the state’s “rainy day” savings.

LANSING, MI--   State Representative Beau LaFave has co-sponsored legislation that requires the legislature to present a balanced budget to the governor by July 1 each year. 

The joint resolution proposes amending the Michigan Constitution to establish the July 1 deadline and would ensure legislators adhere to it. Should lawmakers fail to complete the budget in time, they would forfeit their daily salaries until the governor gets the budget.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Rick Snyder's administration and top lawmakers have finalized a budget agreement that would spend more to address debt in the teacher retirement system and to fix aging infrastructure. 

The new spending targets were signed Monday by state budget director Al Pscholka and chairs of the House and Senate budget committees. The agreement sets the stage for lawmakers to take final votes this week before a summer recess.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A tentative deal to steer more newly hired teachers into 401(k)-only retirement plans has stopped a surprising budget showdown between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Rick Snyder. 

But key details remain to be finalized in a matter of weeks before the Legislature's summer recess.

The decisions will affect not only future school employees but also a $55 billion state spending plan that is poised to receive Snyder's imprint after he was excluded from earlier talks.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   As Republican lawmakers push for an income tax cut, Governor Rick Snyder instead will propose growing Michigan's savings account to $1 billion. 

State budget director Al Pscholka told The Associated Press Tuesday that Snyder wants to add a "sizable" $260 million to the budget stabilization, or rainy day, fund in the next fiscal year. It would be the largest deposit since Snyder's first year in office.

The Republican will unveil his budget plan Wednesday.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Aggregate funding for Michigan's public universities in the next state budget will still be less than it was before a major cut five years ago, despite Governor Rick Snyder's initial proposal to bring them back to levels in place when he took office in 2011. 

Spending will rise roughly $40 million to $1.4 billion, a 2.9 percent increase, under a spending plan up for final legislative votes this week. The Republican governor and lawmakers had hoped for a $60 million, or 4.4 percent, boost.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder says he and Republican legislative leaders are close to brokering a budget agreement, with a "fairly short list" of issues left to be resolved.  

The Republican governor left a closed-door meeting at the Capitol Tuesday morning and reported "good progress." Snyder says the budget and talks about restructuring Detroit's ailing school district are "two separate issues."

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is preparing to sign a $54.5 billion state budget with modest spending increases on education and road construction. 

The plan being approved on Wednesday afternoon in Lansing also includes new initiatives designed to boost early literacy and training for skilled trades jobs. The budget spends about 3 percent more than in the current year.