Tue May 21, 2013
Governor, GOP reach budget "framework"
Governor Rick Snyder and Republican legislative leaders have agreed on a plan to complete the new state budget. But the Gongwer News Service says that does not include two contentious issues: more money for roads and expansion of Medicaid. House Speaker Jase Bolger of Marshall says a “broader discussion” of those areas will continue. Republicans in the legislature have rejected Snyder’s call to raise vehicle registration fees to pay for more road and bridge repairs, and the governor's request that they approve an expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Gongwer says the agreement announced Tuesday does include $350 million for road projects and $140 million for schools.