Granholm Says Budget Will Be On Time

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Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Thursday that all state budget bills will be signed by the start of the new fiscal year Saturday, but added she won't release a list of vetoes until Friday.

On the line are a youth prison near Baldwin and cuts to other programs.

She's expected to sign a state police budget that closes posts in Grand Haven, Oakland County's Groveland Township and the Upper Peninsula's Iron River, but said she hopes a supplemental budget appropriation can be worked out that would keep the posts open.

The governor, who has taken Republican legislative leaders to task in recent weeks for not moving quickly enough on her jobs development proposals, had nothing but praise for them on the budget.

"It shows some great bipartisan cooperation, and that's good for all of us," she told reporters during a news conference at her Capitol office.

She said her vetoes will be based partly on financial considerations and partly on philosophical ones. The Democratic governor has differed with GOP legislative leaders over some budget provisions.