Senate approves Stamas’ bills to restore many of governor’s budget cuts

Senate approves Stamas’ bills to restore many of governor’s budget cuts

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas’ legislation to restore more than $570 million of the governor’s fiscal year 2020 budget vetoes and transfers.

“These supplemental budget bills would restore many of the critical funding line-item vetoed and transferred by the governor in October,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “This will restore funding to treat Alzheimer’s, autism, and opioid addiction; support local law enforcement and hospitals and local governments; provide scholarships promised to college students; teach children in charter and rural schools; investigate child abuse and protect foster care programs.”

Senate Bills 376 and 377 would restore a total of $573.5 million of the governor’s nearly $950 million in line-item vetoed funding and her $625 million in administrative funding transfers.

“While this does not restore all of the governor’s vetoes and transfers, it is a good first step in the right direction,” Stamas said. “It is my hope this is the last time any of these programs are caught in the political crossfire.”

The bills now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Photo caption: Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, details Senate Bills 376 and 377, which would restore a total of $573.5 million of the governor’s nearly $950 million in line-item vetoed funding and her $625 million in administrative funding transfers.

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