GENERIC: Michigan state capitol

The Republican-led Michigan Senate is proposing to cut spending in Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's office.

They want to shift the money to a new political redistricting commission authorized by voters.

The Senate budget, approved Wednesday, includes $4.6 million to create the independent commission to redraw legislative and congressional districts after the 2020 Census.

Republicans propose a 32 percent cut for Benson's executive operations, branch operations and other budget areas.

Overall spending in the department would still rise more than 1 percent. That's less than what Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed.

The Senate also plans reductions in Democratic Attorney General Nessel's office and a smaller funding boost for universities and community colleges than Whitmer has asked for.

Republicans say freed-up money can be directed to other priorities like roads.

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