Highlights include: Welfare and Medicaid spending total $20.78 billion (compared to $21.07 billion the previous year), $6.4 billion of which comes from state taxpayers, with the rest federal money. The House imposes higher welfare recipient work requirements, and eliminates some benefits such as clothing subsidies. It concurs with Gov. Snyder’s $250 million cut in state revenue sharing to local governments ($200 milllion of which will be given back to ones that adopt employee benefit and other reforms), and his plan to stop using the tax code to provide selective corporate tax breaks and subsidies, and instead directly appropriate subsidies totalling $75 million (including “Pure Michigan” tourism industry subsidies). Prison spending is $1.84 billion, vs. $2.01 billion the previous year (in part due to fewer prisoners)
The vote was 62 in favor, 48 opposed and 0 not voting
(House Roll Call 99 at House Journal 0)
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