In a nutshell: Despite the tension in Lansing, we hope for a quick budget

GRAND RAPIDs, me. (WOOD) – As the Michigan legislature takes a two-week hiatus, some are hoping tensions between Republicans and Democrats will ease.

But many of the problems that created the divide will still await lawmakers when they return. At the top of the to-do list is a budget. The question is how long will it take.

Jim Ananich, Senate Minority Chairman, D-Flint, hopes this will happen sooner rather than later.

“I think we’ll get it done relatively early,” he said. “There have been a lot of distractions for a lot of things in Lansing, which is a lot of politics, but the budget seems to be moving in a way that I think will allow us to finish early, like we’ve done for the past few years. “

Senator Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, also believes the legislature can work out a plan.

“We hope we can do it by the end of June or sooner like we did in the Snyder years,” he said. “There’s no reason we can’t when we bring our thoughts together and work together across the aisle. And we have to do that. It just gets a lot better for our locals and our schools when we do that. You prefer September, October, it attracts them too. “

Hear more from Ananich and Bumstead above in this To The Point episode for the weekend of March 27, 2021.

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