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WRIGHT-WALDRON NEWS

Published 1/25/2020
10:08pm

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey Gives Legislative Update

Supplemental Bills Restoring Many of the Governor's Budget Cuts

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State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, honored the 2019 Division 8 state champion Reading High School football team and their coaches on the Senate floor on January 9th 2020.

Last October, the governor vetoed nearly $1 billion from the budget, cutting critical funding for law enforcement, hospitals, local governments, college students, children in charter and rural schools, and more. The governor also used a rarely used administrative board to transfer an additional $625 million in funding.

State Senator Mike Shirkey said in a newsletter, "These cuts hurt Michigan families and communities across the state, which is why I supported legislation to restore much of the critical funding that was vetoed or transferred by the governor."

Senate Bills 152 and 154 restored a total of $573.5 million of the governor’s nearly $950 million in vetoed funding and $625 million in administrative transfer funding.

"Additionally, in the wake of the governor’s cuts and funding transfers, I supported legislation to make important reforms to the budget process that will preserve reliability and oversight and restore balance in the funding transfer process," Shirkey added.

These bills were signed by the governor on Dec. 31 with immediate effect.

In a release, Shirkey also congratulated the Reading High School Division 8 football team on winning the 2019 state championship. They beat Beal City 33-6 in the state finals to claim the crown for the second consecutive year.

"I was honored to present the team with a tribute on the Senate floor to recognize all the hard work and dedication they put into their championship season," he said.

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