Governor Whitmer to hold news conference Wednesday for update on school budget

LANSING, MI. (WILX) -- School is in full swing but students and teachers returned without a state school budget in place.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reads to second graders at Horizon Elementary in Holt (source, WILX).

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is holding a news conference Wednesday to give an update on the status of state school budget negotiations.

Wednesday, the Senate returns to continue negotiations for the state's school budget.

The House returned Tuesday over a week earlier than expected.

Michigan law requires local school budgets to be done July 1, but the schools don't know how much money they're going to have to spend because there isn't a state budget yet.

Earlier this year, Governor Whitmer proposed $15.4 billion for k-12 schools as part of her budget proposal.

The governor's plan relies on passing her other plan to fix the roads with a 45-cent gas tax.

Republicans don't agree with the governor's plan.

Starting the school year without a budget has teachers worried for their students and their faculty.

John Ellsworth, Grand Ledge Public Schools said, "That's the process that the state requires us to have a budget before they tell us our revenue side of the equation. It's inherently unfair, especially when they haven't taken the measures necessary to give us our information for us to give them accurate information."

Republicans say they are working on another plan, but if the state budget isn't submitted by October 1 there could be a government shutdown.

Governor Whitmer's conference will be at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning.

Lawmakers will return to session next week to continue negotiations.

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