Michigan budget 2020

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Opinion | No cuts for schools is good news; more work needed on fair funding

Opinion | No cuts for schools is good news; more work needed on fair funding

September 16, 2020 | Amber Arellano

This is the time to commit to a fairer funding system that moves Michigan from its position as one of the least fair states for educational opportunity.

Schools, local governments spared from cuts under Michigan budget deal

Schools, local governments spared from cuts under Michigan budget deal

September 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration and Republican legislative leaders said Monday they've agreed to a framework for the 2021 budget that will protect funding for K-12 schools and local governments despite revenue declines amid COVID-19.

Opinion | To get our kids back in classrooms, here's the budget Michigan needs

Opinion | To get our kids back in classrooms, here's the budget Michigan needs

September 11, 2020 | Mark Greathead

It’s not too late for lawmakers to fix the budget to give students the best possible outcome during a school year otherwise full of uncertainties, a group of Michigan superintendents suggests.

Opinion | State policy leaders: Consider this when crafting final 2021 budget

Opinion | State policy leaders: Consider this when crafting final 2021 budget

September 8, 2020 | Daniel Hurley

We simply cannot afford to continue to have higher education serve as the balancing wheel of the state budget, to the detriment of Michigan’s public universities and its 280,000 students.

 GOP leader on Michigan budget woes: ‘We just need to suffer through it’

GOP leader on Michigan budget woes: ‘We just need to suffer through it’

August 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan may not get any more help from the federal government as it seeks to balance a projected multibillion budget deficit by October, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to the most powerful Republican in the state Legislature.

Michigan closing budget gap with layoffs and cuts to roads, PFAS cleanups

Michigan closing budget gap with layoffs and cuts to roads, PFAS cleanups

July 22, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

The Michigan Senate agreed to cut spending and use up federal dollars to bridge a hefty budget gap caused by the coronavirus. The next budget is due at the end of September.

Gretchen Whitmer, Republicans strike deal to plug $2.2B Michigan budget hole

Gretchen Whitmer, Republicans strike deal to plug $2.2B Michigan budget hole

June 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s Democratic governor and Republican lawmakers announce budget deal for this fiscal year, but plenty of work could remain on an even bigger budget shortfall that is fast approaching because of the coronavirus pandemic.

No band, buses or sports? Budget cuts could cripple Michigan schools

No band, buses or sports? Budget cuts could cripple Michigan schools

June 4, 2020 | Ron French

School leaders across the state are pleading for federal funding to ease otherwise crippling budget cuts caused by coronavirus revenue shortfalls.

A tale of two states: Ohio and New York take different paths to budget cuts for schools

A tale of two states: Ohio and New York take different paths to budget cuts for schools

May 29, 2020 | Matt Barnum

“I am certainly encouraged to see a state leader deciding to shield its high-poverty districts from the bulk of these cuts,” said one expert.

Big cuts coming if feds don’t bail out Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says

Big cuts coming if feds don’t bail out Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says

May 28, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The coronavirus pandemic and state lockdown have prompted a budget shortfall estimated at $6.2 billion, and Gov. Whitmer says Michigan and other states desperately need help from the federal government.

Opinion | Michigan needs money: Whitmer should renegotiate business subsidy deals

Opinion | Michigan needs money: Whitmer should renegotiate business subsidy deals

May 15, 2020 | James M. Hohman, Gilda Jacobs

As the state does its part, one better way to reduce government spending would be to turn to Ford, General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler, recipients of public taxpayer dollars.

Michigan’s $6.2B coronavirus budget gap ‘as bad or worse’ than Great Recession

Michigan’s $6.2B coronavirus budget gap ‘as bad or worse’ than Great Recession

May 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

How bad is it going to be? Very bad. 22 percent unemployment. $1.9 billion in lost taxes out of what would be an $11 billion general fund this year alone. The only options: Huge cuts, tax increases or hope for a D.C. bailout.

GOP leader: Up to 25 percent cuts to Michigan schools from coronavirus

GOP leader: Up to 25 percent cuts to Michigan schools from coronavirus

May 11, 2020 | Ron French

The Senate education committee chair said drastic cuts of $2,000 per student may be unavoidable in the fall following huge tax revenue losses from the pandemic. School officials cite the need for more services, not fewer.

Whitmer laying off government workers as coronavirus hits Michigan budget

Whitmer laying off government workers as coronavirus hits Michigan budget

April 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan state budget coffers have been hit hard by the coronavirus, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's staff begin sending emails to state employees Wednesday announcing 10-day layoffs.

Michigan lawmakers move to approve $37M pet projects on Election Day

Michigan lawmakers move to approve $37M pet projects on Election Day

March 10, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

One year after blasting pork-barrel spending, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs onto a larger spending deal that includes $37 million in small community grants. Among other things, the money will pay for a Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall elevator and $1 million for the auto show.  

Gretchen Whitmer wants to bring back scaled-down Pure Michigan campaign

Gretchen Whitmer wants to bring back scaled-down Pure Michigan campaign

February 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The Democratic governor is proposing $15 million in funding for the tourism advertising campaign she nixed last year during a budget .

Whitmer’s budget: more help for Michigan moms, not so much for local roads

Whitmer’s budget: more help for Michigan moms, not so much for local roads

February 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Much could change before Michigan adopts a budget this year, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants more money for vulnerable mothers, environmental cleanups and education. College and municipal leaders aren’t so happy.

Preschoolers, older college students win in Whitmer education budget

Preschoolers, older college students win in Whitmer education budget

February 6, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan’s governor proposes a big move toward universal pre-K and free training and college for adults in a budget that includes the biggest school aid increase in 20 years. State university funding? Meh.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s health budget is heavy on prevention

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s health budget is heavy on prevention

February 6, 2020 | Robin Erb

Addressing everyday social determinants today — from food security to postpartum care to youngsters’ teeth — will save more in the long run, says Michigan’s Health and Human Services director.

Whitmer and GOP agree $3.5B won’t fix Michigan roads, swap blame on funding

Whitmer and GOP agree $3.5B won’t fix Michigan roads, swap blame on funding

January 30, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republicans agree $3.5 billion bonds plan isn’t a long-term solution for Michigan’s ailing roads. But they contend it’s up to the other side to come up with a better solution.

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