Michigan lawmakers are now at work on next year’s state budget. Gov. Rick Snyder presented his final budget proposal at the state Capitol on Wednesday.
The budget includes some things Democrats have been pushing for years — an increase in funding for public schools and road repairs, more money to address the Flint Water Crisis, and an end to privatized prison food contracts.
So, Democrats must be cheering the Republican governor’s final budget, right?
Not so much.
“Obviously, we’ll find ways to work together, as we always do, in a productive way,” Ananich tells Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth. “But it’s an admission that the last seven years was a decade of missed opportunities.”
Roth and WDET’s Jake Neher talk about how the budget represents some major reversals for Snyder in his final year.
Click on the audio player above to hear that conversation.c