Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she’s hopeful talks with the Legislature’s GOP leaders could soon lead to a new budget deal.
Whitmer says she hopes to reach an understanding with the Republican leadership this week.
“It could go into next week, but my hope is that it doesn’t go beyond that because these are critical services that people expect us to find common ground on,” she says.
Whitmer also says she wants more money for cyber-security to be part of the new budget deal.
She took part Monday in a cyber-security conference in Detroit. She says the state must constantly update its computer systems to protect people’s privacy.
“These are critical functions that effect the health and safety and welfare of the people of Michigan. These are important things that we need to find some common ground on, and if there are other issues, which I suspect there are, I’m ready to negotiate,” she says.
The governor signed budgets last month with line-item vetoes and transfers that angered Republicans and Democrats alike.
The Legislature returns to the state Capitol Tuesday.