By Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting of Bridge Magazine
At long last, Michigan’s divided government has the framework for a budget deal. But it’s mostly flat and doesn’t include major funding to big problems voters elected lawmakers to solve.
An agreement to end a months‐long standoff on Tuesday includes no new money for roads and bridges that are some of the nation’s worst.
Money for colleges whose tuitions have soared as state aid fell? Flat.
One notable exception: Lawmakers are stepping up money to combat environmental hazards, especially those creeping into state waterways from PFAS chemicals.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP leaders touted the deal over the $58.9 billion budget as an important resolution to a contentious process, but Democrats and Republicans remain divided over whether more money can solve the state’s problems.