Despite Governor Rick Snyder's business and Republican credentials, and having both chambers of the state legislature controlled by the GOP, Michigan will see an overall state budget increase by $2 billion during the 2014-15 fiscal period.
The Mitten State will spend approximately $4.7 billion more than it did in 2011-12, according to the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency. It is an increase in Federal largesse that accounts for $2 billion of that $4.7 billion increase over the past three years.
Michigan has appropriated $53.12 billion in spending for 2014-15. The overall state budget was $48.42 billion in 2011-12, which increased to $48.55 billion in 2012-13. For 2014, it is at $51.15 billion, according to the Senate Fiscal Agency. Those figures include federal funds. For the proposed 2014-15 budget, $21.73 billion is federal money.
Snyder is facing pressure from several quarters to expend state and federal money to address highways and other infrastructure projects.
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