Whitmer has put Republicans in a tough spot, agreed TJ Bucholz, a Democratic strategist and president of Vanguard Public Affairs in Lansing.
In the end, neither side will get everything they want, he said. For now, “she has pretty much the field to herself...By the time Republicans come to the table in the summertime with their own proposal, she’ll have had the opportunity to sell her plan for months.”
Bucholz said he doesn’t expect a budget any earlier than late summer, in contrast to legislators’ practice of finishing budgets before they leave for summer recess during Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s two-term tenure.
Setting the calendar is “one of the few controls that Republicans have here at the moment,” Bucholz said.
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