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Whitmer signs bills to resolve $2.2 billion budget shortfall

Whitmer signs bills to resolve $2.2 billion budget shortfall Photo: ABC News, file

Updated: August 02, 2020 10:11 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed spending bills as part of an agreement to resolve a $2.2 billion deficit in the current budget by using federal coronavirus relief aid, tapping savings, shifting funds and banking cost cuts from employee furloughs that are complete.

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The laws enacted Friday include additional funding for K-12 schools and essentially shield universities and community colleges from reductions. Teachers in public and private schools will each get a $500 bonus.

The state still faces a multi-billion dollar shortfall in the fiscal year that starts in two months due to declining tax revenues in the coronavirus pandemic.

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