State Rep. Rodney Wakeman this week voted in favor of an emergency budget plan to restore support for tourism and promote job growth across Michigan.
The emergency budget measures approved by the House partially restore funding Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed for Pure Michigan and Going PRO. Both programs were on the verge of collapsing because of the governor’s actions as the new budget year began Oct. 1.
“Pure Michigan is very important to a lot of people across the state, especially for Saginaw County residents,” said Wakeman, of Saginaw Township. “Saginaw County is a frequent tourism destination not only for Michiganders, but also tourists around the country and world. This is a significant step in the right direction, and certainly great news for local businesses across our community.”
Pure Michigan – the advertising campaign used to promote Michigan travel and tourism – will receive $16 million. Going PRO – which provides training to enhance skills and talent of Michigan’s workforce through completive grants to employers – will receive $15 million.
“If Michigan wants to remain competitive nationally in terms of workforce development, we must continue to be innovative with statewide programs helping Michiganders learn the skills they need to get good, high-paying jobs,” Wakeman said. “Restoring funding for Going PRO will help people, including those in Saginaw County, earn a better living for themselves and their families.”
The budget plan now moves to the Senate for consideration.