House Tourism Committee chair disappointed by governor’s veto of Pure Michigan funding

Rep. Marino: Our tourism industry relies heavily on Pure Michigan State Rep. Steve Marino, chair of the House Commerce and Tourism Committee, today said he is disappointed in the governor’s shocking decision to veto funding for meaningful Michigan programs within the state budget for Fiscal Year 2020. The governor eliminated $37 million in funding for…

O’Malley reacts to vetoes: Eliminating Pure Michigan ‘a dumb move’

Following the release of details of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 147 line-item vetoes, state Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, released the following statement: “The number one complaint from Gov. Whitmer and her allies was that the Legislature’s budget would ‘only pave 39 miles of freeway,’ but we’ve got to remember there’s a lot more to…

Mueller applauds governor’s passage of Genesee County public safety initiative, but not her road funding veto

            State Rep. Mike Mueller, of Linden, issued the following statement after the governor vetoed several line items from the Legislature-approved budget:             “While I’m incredibly grateful that the governor recognizes the importance of the Genesee County public safety initiative and its impact on our community, I am disappointed that she failed to approve much-needed…

Rep. Whiteford alarmed by Gov. Whitmer’s DHHS budget vetoes

Subcommittee chair: It’s clear mental health is not governor’s priority State Rep Mary Whiteford, chair of the Department of Health and Human Services budget subcommittee, released the following statement after Gov. Whitmer slashed several items from the Legislature-approved budget on Monday, including funding for a mental health hotline that Whiteford personally introduced:             “I’m astounded…

Rep. Rendon: Governor’s budget vetoes are broken promises

State Rep. Daire Rendon, of Lake City, 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:   “Gov. Whitmer campaigned on fixing Michigan’s roads – and even used profanity to underscore the importance of doing so. The only problem was…

LaFave: Governor’s 147 line-item vetoes are ‘like watching a bad slasher film’

State Rep. Beau LaFave issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to line-item veto key programs and priorities in the Legislature’s budget plan: “I feel like I’m watching a bad slasher film. Here’s the plot: The governor gets a budget that doesn’t include her $2.5 billion gas tax hike and, on…

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

Whitmer makes 147 line-item vetoes, targets funding for rural areas Rep. Julie Calley today said she 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. “Everyone – including our governor – says they…

Rep. Kahle responds to governor’s budget vetoes

Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Whitmer’s budget vetoes: “The Legislature took great care to craft a state budget that works for everyone in Lenawee County and across Michigan. The budget I supported put more resources into schools, roads and programs to support our most vulnerable residents…

Rep. Joe Bellino responds to governor’s budget vetoes

Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Whitmer’s budget vetoes: “The governor showed her true colors with her budget vetoes – she’s saying ‘give me a 45-cent per gallon tax increase, or don’t give me anything at all.’ She wants the tax hike so badly, she’s rejecting $375…

Rep. Kahle addresses domestic abuse survivors at Capitol rally

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which first began in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to connect battered women’s advocates across the country. State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian addressed victims and supporters at a domestic abuse survivor rally on the Capitol steps today, kicking off…

Rep. Griffin issues statement on governor slashing millions in essential programs

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, 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:   “Gov. Whitmer is completely contradictory when it comes to the resources needed to educate our children. First she labeled the Legislature-approved, bipartisan school aid…

Rep. Lower: Budget vetoes impact county jails, Michigan communities

State Rep. James Lower, of Greenville, today expressed disappointment with a decision by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to veto sections of a Department of Corrections budget recently approved by the Michigan Legislature. The governor slashed nearly $15 million for a county jail reimbursement program compensating local jails for housing prisoners that would normally be in a…