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Whitmer signs $574 million spending bill to restore vetoed funding

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By James Ledbetter | Jan 9, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed spending bills Dec. 20 that will return some funding she previously vetoed.

The bills will also fund some of her priorities that were not covered in the budget she signed a few months ago.

The $574 million supplemental bill "will provide funding for public health, public safety and public education,” Whitmer said in her official statement, as reported by the Associated Press

According to the governor, those are the areas that need the most attention.

The passed legislation also reinstates funding for charter schools, provide funds for K-12 in rural districts, tuition assistance for those seeking to get into private colleges, as well as more funding for jails, hospitals and additional resources for sheriff’s deputies and local governmental employees.

Whitmer, a Democrat, vetoed $947 million that was previously proposed by the Republican-led Legislature due to the lack of bipartisan support back in September. However, the governor's $574 million proposals were agreed upon by both sides of the aisle.

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