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Gov. Whitmer launches first meeting with legislative leaders

michigan state capitol building in lansing, mi
Lester Graham
Michigan Radio
Lawmakers in Lansing may have to cut revenue sharing with local governments to fill the $1.8 billion budget hole.

Leaders of the state Legislature and Governor Gretchen Whitmer will hold their first “quadrant meeting” Wednesday.

Whitmer announced when she won the November election that she would like to hold regular meetings with the Speaker of the House, House Democratic Leader, Senate Majority Leader and Senate Democratic Leader. All members agreed.

The idea is to talk about issues and find ways to come to an agreement before bills hit Whitmer’s desk.

Senator Jim Ananich is the leader of the Senate Democrats.

“I think it’ll lead to us finding common ground on things. There’s going to be plenty of things we don’t agree on and that’s – we just have our debates and move on. But there’s plenty of things we have a responsibility to get done for the citizens of Michigan,” he says.

Ananich says he hopes the meetings continue throughout the session. Last term, the leaders had a few meetings, but Ananich says the meetings died out.

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