Lawmakers optimistic about budget before deadline

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Now that budget talks have resumed at the Michigan Capitol, lawmakers are scrambling to meet the deadline — though some are concerned it could create a less-than-acceptable outcome.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she would drop her demand to tie road funding to the budget. Her team met with legislative appropriators Tuesday, so a deal could get done, but the timeline is tight.

Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, is the majority floor leader and as such will be in the thick of the process of moving budget bills. He said getting a budget done in 20 days will be much smoother with the governor on board.

“Hopefully, the administration is part of those negotiations. Makes it a whole lot easier for me as the appropriations chair for that subcommittee, the largest subcommittee,” MacGregor said.

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