Legislators would forfeit pay after missed deadline
State Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan co-sponsored legislation introduced Wednesday to require the Michigan Legislature to present a balanced budget to the governor by July 1 each year.
The joint resolution proposes amending the Michigan Constitution to establish the July 1 deadline and ensure lawmakers adhere to it. Should the Legislature fail to complete the budget in time, legislators would forfeit their daily salaries until the governor receives the budget.
“Local governments and schools that rely on state funding to operate deserve clarity about funding levels before their fiscal years start in July,” Griffin said. “If we, as a Legislature, cannot do our job and deliver a timely budget for local schools and municipalities, we don’t deserve our paychecks until we do.”
Griffin said her time spent teaching and as a Van Buren County Commissioner gave her perspective on how critical it is for the state budget to be in place in a timely fashion.
“There were years where we were a quarter of the way into the school’s fiscal year before the state spending plan was finalized,” Griffin said. “I want to make sure our schools and communities are not put in that position again.”
If House Joint Resolution X is approved by two-thirds of both the House and Senate, the measure would be placed on the ballot for voter consideration.
It was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.