Counties applaud budget agreement

LANSING/CRYSTAL FALLS — Action in the Michigan State Legislature Dec. 3 to restore approximately $60 million in vetoed state funding for key county services was encouraging, said the leader of the association representing Michigan’s 83 counties.
    “It’s taken longer than anticipated, but we are encouraged by the movement we have seen so far,” said Stephan Currie, executive director of the Michigan Association of Counties. “The supplemental spending bills agreed to this week restore vital funding for our members. We look forward to final passage in the Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s signature — and we applaud her and legislative leaders for finding a compromise that puts people over politics.”
    The deal announced Dec. 3 will make modifications to the legislative budget process and the governor’s use of the State Administrative Board. Whitmer’s use of that board in the fall had been the key sticking point in resolving the budget impasse arising out of 147 line-item vetoes that, among other things, struck down an array of key county funds.
    Now to be restored in new spending bills are:

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