Stamas comments on budget process reforms, finalizing bills to restore many of governor’s cuts

LANSING, Mich. — After the Michigan Senate on Tuesday sent the governor legislation to make important budget process reforms and restore more than $570 million of her fiscal year 2020 budget vetoes and transfers, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, issued the following statement:

“The agreement outlined in these supplemental budget bills restores over half a billion dollars in critical funding for law enforcement, hospitals, local governments, college students, children in charter and rural schools, and more.

“It’s not a full restoration of the governor’s vetoes and transfers, but it’s a positive step forward for Michigan families — and budget talks on other priorities will continue in the New Year.

“In the wake of the governor’s cuts and use of an administrative board to transfer over $600 million, these government budget reforms will preserve reliability and oversight in the budget process and restore balance in the funding transfer process.

“I want to thank all the families in Northern Michigan who took the time to reach out to the governor and let her know about the impact her cuts were going to have on their communities and their children.”