Sen. MacDonald supports ‘good government’ budget reforms, restoring some of governor’s cuts

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Tuesday voted to send the governor legislation to make important budget process reforms and restore over $570 million of her fiscal year 2020 budget cuts and transfers.

“I was proud to support finalizing these measures to restore the funding cut by the governor from vital programs that Macomb residents use every day, such as health care and public safety,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “The governor’s funding cuts and transfers are already having an effect on our community. I received 456 letters from charter school students about what their schools could do with the funding the governor cut.

“I was happy to support the supplemental budget, and I hope that we don’t have this problem again in the future. That is why I also supported the budget reforms, which will bring needed balance and oversight in the process.”

On the same day as the Senate finalized the supplement budget bills, MacDonald gave the governor’s office the 456 letters from students at Huron Academy in Sterling Heights.

After signing the state budget, the governor cut nearly $950 million in funding approved by the Legislature, including $35 million in a per-pupil foundation allowance increase for public charter schools. She also used an administrative board to transfer $625 million in additional funding.

Senate Bills 152 and 154 would restore a total of $573.5 million of the governor’s vetoed funding and administrative funding transfers. SB 152 would allow the Legislature to restore funds transferred by the State Administrative Board by a simple majority vote in both chambers through concurrent resolution. House Bill 5177 would require the Legislature to send a budget to the governor by July 1.

The bills are part of the six-bill package on its way to the governor for consideration.

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Photo caption: Sen. Michael D. MacDonald, R-Macomb Township, delivers 456 letters to the governor’s office from Huron Academy charter school students on the same day that the Senate finalized legislation to restore $570 million of the governor’s cuts, including the $35 million cut of the per-pupil foundation allowance increase for public charter schools.