Maybe it’s spring in the rest of the Northern Hemisphere but in Lansing it’s budget season. Michigan’s budget process has changed under Gov. Rick Snyder. He uses omnibus budget bills and makes sure he will be able to claim the budget gets completed by June.
This approach combines the budgets for all of the State’s departments into two big spending bills. One bill is for spending from Michigan’s General Fund and the other is for spending from the School Aid Fund. Both include various forms of federal funding. Other sources, such as the money from Indian casinos and tobacco settlement dollars, play their roles in the budgets as well.