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Cities could get help from state to fill budget holes

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More than 20 cities in Michigan could get extra help from the state government to help fill holes in their budgets this year.

A proposal from Governor Gretchen Whitmer includes 70 million dollars in funding specifically for Michigan cities that have a local income tax.

Those cities expect to take a hit in revenue because of pandemic related job losses, and the trend of more people working from home.

Gary Carey is mayor of Walker.

"It could be a few hundred thousand, it could be a few million. We don’t know at this point. And to speculate and try and guess is just, I think, steps in frustration, so we’re not going to go down that road.”

The governor’s proposal would put a cap on funding, so any one city could not get more than 25 million extra.