Rep. Ann Bollin 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.
“People in Livingston County expect and deserve a state budget that cuts waste and makes better use of the tax dollars they already pay – and that’s what the Legislature delivered,” said Bollin, of Brighton Township. “Unfortunately, the governor wants her 45-cent per gallon tax hike so badly that she’s willing to delay road construction projects by rejecting $375 million the Legislature set aside for road and bridge repairs.”
The budget plan approved by the Legislature included record funding levels for road repairs and K-12 classrooms, without a tax increase. Late Monday, the governor issued 147 line-item vetoes to key programs in the Legislature’s plan. In addition to road and school funding, the vetoes included hits to school safety grants, additional PFAS testing and monitoring, and veterans’ programs.
“I worked directly on this budget as a member of the appropriations committee to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely on the things that matter most to Michigan families,” Bollin said. “I am particularly disappointed the governor has turned the budget into a political football.”