Michigan spending to be scaled back as revenue will be millions less than expected over 2016, 2017

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By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan revenues are $333 million lower over this fiscal year and next than projected earlier, forcing Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers to scale back the spending plan that’s been in the works for months.

The Snyder administration and legislative economists agreed to revised numbers Tuesday — a key step need before the next state budget is finalized in coming weeks.

State budget director John Roberts says spending levels should still rise, but not as much as proposed in the governor’s proposal.

That could affect university funding, dental coverage for low-income children, a new statewide infrastructure fund and other priorities. Roberts says the administration remains committed to addressing Flint’s water crisis, though it’s possible some of money could be appropriated in the fiscal year starting in October instead of this year.