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 without raising taxes.
“I’m surprised and disappointed the governor rejected $375 million in additional road repair money to fix our crumbling roads and bridges, and $128 million in support for students and our public schools. The more I read the details about what the governor has done here, the more surprised and disappointed I become.
“She vetoed money to support our seniors and loved ones battling Alzheimer’s. She rejected money to boost counseling services for those battling opioid and other substance abuse issues. She turned down additional support for children with autism, to support dental screenings for kids entering kindergarten, and to provide emergency shelter for the homeless.
“It’s sad and hard to believe she would use our most vulnerable residents as pawns in her battle to raise taxes. But I am not deterred. The budget is always an ongoing process, and I will continue to work hard for what matters most to our friends, families and neighbors.”