Gov. Whitmer Backs New Budget Bill to Restore Funding to Several Programs

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is now backing a new supplemental budget bill that would partially restore funding to several programs hit with vetoes earlier this month.

The new supplemental spending bill comes after the governor vetoed nearly a billion dollars in spending proposed by Republicans when she signed the new state budget last week.

This legislation would also fund some of her priorities which include tuition for adults ages 25 and older to attend community college and learn job skills.

The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. from East Lansing says the bill is an “olive branch.”

He hopes it can be the start to real budget conversations in Lansing.

Here’s a closer look at some of the funding cuts from the governor’s vetoes that this bill could partially or fully restore.

$13 million was cut from sheriff road patrols, which is included in this bill to undo the vetoes.

$4 million was taken from county veteran services and more than a million dollars was taken from autism programs.

This bill could also restore funding to increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate for rural hospitals.