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Mich. GOP Plan Cuts Sec. of State to Fund Redistricting Panel

Mich. GOP Plan Cuts Sec. of State to Fund Redistricting Panel

Created: April 24, 2019 05:59 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Republican-led Michigan Senate is proposing to cut spending in Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's office to fund a new redistricting commission authorized by voters.

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The Senate budget, which won initial approval from a panel Wednesday, includes $4.6 million to create the independent commission to redraw legislative and congressional districts after the 2020 Census. To fund the commission, however, Republicans propose a corresponding 32 percent cut for Benson's executive operations, branch operations and other budget areas.

Overall spending in the department would rise more than 1 percent. That's less than what Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed.

The Senate also proposes reductions in Democratic Attorney General Nessel's office and a smaller funding boost for universities and community colleges than Whitmer wants. Republicans say freed-up money can be directed to other priorities like roads.

The House is waiting to release its budget plan.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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