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Gilda Jacobs, CEO and president of the left-leaning Michigan League for Public Policy, said she hopes lawmakers will embrace at least some of Snyder’s spending recommendations, such as $21.2 million to hire 246 additional child protective service workers and supervisors, along with $10 million in information technology improvements for that unit of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Asked whether she is concerned the Legislature might approve spending or tax cuts that would reduce Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer’s room to maneuver with respect to the budget, Jacobs said: “Who knows what they have cooked up?”

Jacobs said she’s confident Snyder wouldn’t sign bills that would put the state in a weaker financial position by, for example, making additional tax cuts, or draining significant amounts from the Rainy Day Fund, which now has a balance of close to $1 billion, and which Snyder wants to boost by another $160 million through the supplemental appropriation bill.

However, “I do not put anything past the Republican legislators right now because they’re coming up with all kinds of pretty terrible bills,” Jacobs said. Dec 16, 2018 – Detroit Free Press

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