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Whitmer signs bills to resolve $2.2 billion budget shortfall

The laws enacted Friday include additional funding for K-12 schools and essentially shield universities and community colleges from reductions.
Credit: AP
FILE - In a June 17, 2020, file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency declaration through Aug. 11, citing an uptick in new cases over the past three weeks. The move, which was expected, allows the Democratic governor to keep in place various orders designed to curb COVID-19, including certain business closures, limits on gatherings, a mask requirement and longer unemployment benefits. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, File)

LANSING, Mich. — 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. 

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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