State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe this week introduced legislation to restore an important program fighting opioid abuse among high school students – resources cut by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s reckless budget vetoes.
Bellino’s plan would restore a grant program for Michigan ‘recovery’ high schools to provide substance use disorder counselors, therapeutic staff, and recovery coaching staff. Whitmer eliminated the program in her budget cuts designed to try and pressure the Legislature into approving her massive 45-cent per gallon gas tax increase.
The Legislature approved $600,000 for the grant program.
“The governor’s plans begin and end with her ridiculous gas tax proposal. It’s all she’s got, and that simply is not what Michigan drivers and families need,” Bellino said.
“What Michigan families really need are places to turn when they have a loved one fighting opioid and drug addiction. I’ve been there … I know. The governor is using recovering addicts as chess pieces in her game to raise taxes, and it’s appalling. I will work to restore these cuts and put people ahead of politics.”
Bellino is supporting several other measures to fight opioid abuse and restore other cuts made by Whitmer in the budget year that started Oct. 1.