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House lawmakers reach deal on K-12 budget

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Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio
Michigan Radio

Republicans and Democrats in the state House have come to an agreement on the state’s K-12 education budget.

The details won’t be released until tomorrow when a committee will vote on the plan.

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield previously called the ongoing disagreements on the budget between the Republican-led Legislature and Whitmer “silly.” He says he’s glad both sides were able to come together to fund the state’s schools.

“We’ve come together. We’ve reached an agreement," said Chatfield. "We want to get our schools funding. They deserve to know what their funding and schedule will be next year and we’re happy to give that to them.”

The full House and Senate would still need to vote on the plan before it can go to Governor Whitmer’s desk. A spokesperson for the state Senate says it will likely pass.

Republican lawmakers and the governor remain at odds over the rest of the state budget.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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