Senate finalizes Stamas bill to fight coronavirus, restore more of governor’s cuts

LANSING, Mich. — After the Michigan Senate on Thursday sent the governor a $371 million budget supplemental to address the coronavirus outbreak and restore more of her fiscal year 2020 vetoes and transfers, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, issued the following statement:

“This funding comes at a critical time as we work to meet new challenges facing Michigan. With the confirmation of two cases of coronavirus in Michigan, we are directing vital support to help state and local authorities combat and respond to the virus.

“While we were successful late last year in restoring some of the governor’s nearly $1.6 billion in funding vetoes and transfers, many programs started the new year without funding.

“This supplemental budget bill restores more of the governor’s punitive cuts, such as support for local hospitals, people with disabilities, job training, county fairs, agriculture and the Pure Michigan tourism promotion program. It also includes funds to address new concerns, like shoreline erosion due to historically high water levels.

“I am committed to working with the governor to enact a responsible state budget for 2021 that improves our state, meets the needs of Michigan families and avoids a repeat of last year’s reckless political games.”