Whitmer to GOP: Negotiate budget without limiting powers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging Republican legislative leaders to negotiate a budget without trying to restrict her powers.

It’s been four weeks since she signed a $59 billion spending plan but vetoed nearly $1 billion after having no input following a breakdown in talks.

The funding can’t be restored until Whitmer and Republicans reach a deal.

Whitmer wrote a letter to GOP leaders Tuesday saying she’s happy to negotiate a solution that restores funding for public health and safety needs and rescinds “certain” fund transfers she ordered. She says she wouldn’t veto items Republicans may add to supplemental budget bills and, in the future, wouldn’t unilaterally shift funds when there are negotiated budget agreements.

Republicans responded by introducing bills that would limit her authority to unilaterally move funds.