Rep. Albert: Governor’s vetoes put public safety at risk

Whitmer rejects corrections funding to address staffing shortages, improve work conditions, update electronic tethers State Rep. Thomas Albert today said he is both alarmed and confused about the governor’s decision to use her line item veto power on portions of the corrections budget, which contained critical funding for the operation of Michigan’s prison system and…

Rep. Johnson announces October office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Thursday, October 10th Kent County Gaines Township Offices 8555 Kalamazoo Ave. in Gaines Twp. 6 – 7 p.m. Allegan County Big Boy 1180 W. Superior St. in Wayland  8 – 9 p.m. “Open and honest communication with residents…

Rep. Calley hosts local office hours

State Rep. Julie Calley welcomes residents to office hours in three communities in October. Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following dates: • Monday, Oct. 7 at the Village of Middleville, 100 E. Main St. in Middleville. Individual meetings from 10:30 to 11 a.m. followed by a legislative update from 11 to 11:30…

Rep. Afendoulis responds to governor’s budget vetoes

Rep. Lynn Afendoulis of Grand Rapids Township issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Whitmer’s budget vetoes: “The governor wants more money for roads – but only on the backs of Michigan drivers and their families. “She says she wants more money to fix roads and bridges, but she shot down our plan…

Rep. Huizenga critical of governor’s cuts to Going Pro, Pure Michigan

Legislator: Skilled trades, tourism industry receive heavy hit State Rep. Mark Huizenga, of Walker, today expressed disappointment in the governor’s decision to veto funding for meaningful Michigan programs within the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Over $37 million in funding for the Going Pro program will be eliminated. The initiative helps train more…

Rep. Griffin details budget vetoes affecting Southwest Michigan

“This morning, after vetoing 147 lines of the state budget, the Governor further took it upon herself to move $624.65 million of legislatively appropriated funds, disregarding input from legislators of both parties duly elected to represent their constituents. One of these changes was the transfer of $25 million for local bridges to public transit systems….

Rep. Markkanen: Governor rejects critical funding for roads, K-12 schools

Rep. Greg Markkanen today said he is troubled by Gov. Whitmer’s decision to veto parts of the Legislature’s budget, including $375 million in additional funding for road repairs and $128 million in additional funding for Michigan students. “The governor campaigned on a promise to fix roads and help schools – and that’s what the people…

Rep. Hoitenga: Governor’s cuts to Legislature’s budget plan will make things harder for Michigan residents and their families

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from a Legislature-approved budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, including 147 line-item vetoes: “All summer and as we approached the Oct. 1 constitutional budget deadline, the governor expressed concerns that the budget…

Rep. Wozniak responds to governor’s vetoes of road spending, Pure Michigan

State Rep. Douglas Wozniak, of Shelby Township, today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s veto of particular items in the state budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year:  “Not only has the governor vindictively taken away $375 million from Michigan’s roads, she appears to still believe taxing residents more at the pump…

Rep. Eisen responds to governor’s veto of needed transportation spending

State Rep. Gary Eisen, vice-chair of the House Transportation Committee, today expressed disappointment after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed parts of a Legislature-approved transportation budget, including $375 million in additional funds toward road repairs without tax increases. “With this decision to take money away from roads, it’s clear the governor would rather tax the living daylights…

Whitmer vetoes Smith’s Bridge funding

Lilly outraged by governor’s disregard for tri-cities residents             State Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, today said he is disappointed in the governor for vetoing  funding to reopen Smith’s Bridge in Ferrysburg, a state budget line item the representative personally fought for in the Legislature’s budget plan for the year beginning Oct. 1. “The…

Rep. Alexander statement on Michigan state budget

Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover today issued the following statement after the governor vetoed $375 million in funding to fix roads and bridges: “The governor campaigned on fixing Michigan’s roads and bridges, yet inexplicably she’s rejecting $375 million that would boost repairs without raising taxes or cutting essential services. It doesn’t make any sense. “The…

Chair Hernandez statement on Michigan state budget

Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee — today issued the following statement on the state budget: “We reached out to the governor again and again in an attempt to work together on state government’s new budget, but she walked away from negotiations and now is attempting a…