Whitmer signs Michigan budget, rejects anti-abortion items

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Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 1:58 PM CDT
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed the final piece of a $76 billion state budget into law.

Whitmer largely backed the plan she signed off on Wednesday but nixed money that Republicans had funneled toward anti-abortion causes.

Negotiators met behind the scenes for weeks to develop the budget proposal and announced a deal in late June.

But they couldn’t agree on how to lower taxes, which is possible this year thanks to a flood of federal money and anticipated higher tax revenue.

Among other things, the new budget allocates $6 billion toward state and local roads, bridges and other transportation projects. It also puts about $2.6 billion toward public pension systems.

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