LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging Republican legislative leaders to send her budget bills this week, so she has time to review and sign them before a Sept. 30 deadline.
Whitmer wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield Tuesday. She said they should pass spending measures before a GOP “getaway” on Mackinac Island starting Friday.
Republicans have begun advancing their proposed budget without a deal with Whitmer, after the sides agreed to table talks on a road-funding plan.
She said budgets should ideally be presented to her two weeks before the end of the fiscal year.
Shirkey counters that Whitmer will know all the details Thursday — when more committees vote — but senators will wait until next Tuesday to take final action.