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Michigan is rapidly approaching the start of the fiscal year for the state’s public schools. Districts like to know how much money to expect by July 1st. This year, the state also has to allocate billions in federal COVID-19 relief money. 

Michigan House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski says it’s time the legislature got to work so schools have a starting figure for their own budgets. 

“What we know is schools need to do a lot of planning right now. Now there's a transition that happens from virtual to back to in person learning. We want to focus on that June 30 statute guideline and really make sure schools know what they had in place.” 

Lasinski is calling on the G.O.P.-led state legislature to hold an up or down vote to accept the federal dollars and then hammer out a full budget ahead of the start of Michigan’s fiscal year on October 1st.