MICHIGAN MAY NEED STOPGAP BUDGET BILL

MICHIGAN Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) may propose a stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, but says she will continue to push for the infrastructure spending that has led to a budget impasse in the state. Whitmer proposed a gas tax increase of 45 cents per gallon, but the Republican-led legislature has refused to go along with the hike. The state remains without a budget for the fiscal year that begins in October, with lawmakers not scheduled to return to Lansing until later this month. Whitmer said this past week that she believes legislative leaders are also “desperate” to avoid a government shutdown, and said if there isn’t progress on a budget bill by mid-September, she’ll likely propose a short-term stopgap measure. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

NH BUDGET IMPASSE HAS CONSEQUENCES

In NEW HAMPSHIRE, children’s protective work is being slowed by lack of staffing, the guardian ad litem office will soon run out of money and the state may be unable to process some permits as the state continues to operate on a stopgap budget following the June budget veto by Gov. Chris Sununu (R). The Granite State’s government is operating on a 90-day continuing resolution that allows agency heads to spend only a quarter of their budget. (NEW HAMPSHIRE UNION LEADER)

GA LAWMAKERS TO HOLD FALL COMMITTEE MEETINGS ON BUDGET

Responding to an order from Gov. Brian Kemp (R) for state agencies to cut their budgets by 4 percent this year and 6 percent next, GEORGIA House Speaker David Ralston (R) said the chamber will hold rare fall hearings to get a jump on the 2020 budget. “Looking for cuts in an already lean state budget will not be an easy task and will require some difficult decisions regarding service delivery and personnel levels in each state agency,” Ralston said. (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION)

 

 

-- Compiled by DAVE ROYSE