LANSING — Gov. Whitmer and legislative leaders announced today that they’ve reached an agreement to pursue a state budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year separate from a long-term plan to increase road funding. In response, state Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) issued the following statement:


“I am heartened to hear that agreements have been reached to prevent a government shutdown, as my district, community and schools rely heavily on the state meeting its constitutional obligation by October 1. Many of our communities suffer from the impacts of poverty, insufficient school funding, blight, inadequate public transportation options, and lack of workforce development opportunities. With the roads conversation temporarily pulled back, I am hopeful the budget put forward will address these issues and encompass the priorities critical to advancing the quality of life for Detroiters.”