Federal aid helps Michigan fill $2.2B hole; more sought

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FILE – In a June 17, 2020, file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Michigan lawmakers will return to session to pass a multibillion-dollar plan to resolve the deficit caused by the coronavirus shutdown — with a mix of spending cuts, a drawdown of the state’s savings and a big influx of federal rescue aid. The framework of the deal was announced three weeks ago by Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders. But now negotiators are ironing out specifics in hopes of patching the remaining $2.2 billion budget hole this week before turning their attention to another major shortfall in the fiscal year that starts in October. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers will return to session to pass a multibillion-dollar plan to resolve the deficit caused by the coronavirus shutdown — with a mix of spending cuts, a drawdown of the state’s savings and a big influx of federal rescue aid.

The framework of the deal was announced three weeks ago by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders.

But now negotiators are ironing out specifics in hopes of patching the remaining $2.2 billion budget hole this week before turning their attention to another major shortfall in the fiscal year that starts in October.

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