State Rep. Tom Kunse is supporting a plan to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent for their intended purpose.
Kunse said the plan, sponsored by Rep. David Martin (R-Davison), would prevent situations like the budget transfer scheme Gov. Gretchen Whitmer orchestrated in 2019 to funnel hundreds of millions of tax dollars into her pet projects. That same year, Whitmer’s budget vetoes also took away funding for veterans’ programs, children with autism, seniors with Alzheimer’s and people struggling to overcome opioid addiction.
“The governor’s recent means of misusing taxpayer funds as an avenue to fund partisan, pet projects are shameful,” said Kunse, of Clare. “In eliminating Legislature-approved support for some of Michigan’s most vulnerable people, Gov. Whitmer put her cards on the table and betrayed the people of Michigan.”
In 2019, Whitmer used the State Administrative Board to divert millions of taxpayer dollars into programs she favored without any oversight or accountability. Her actions eliminated Legislature-approved support – defunding programs to fight human trafficking and help children in foster care, child sexual abuse victims and other at-risk youth.
“In years since, Republicans in the Legislature have included safeguards in each budget that limit the governor’s use of the State Administrative Board for this very reason,” Kunse said. “However, after taking control of the House, Democrats have threatened to eliminate this key accountability measure.”
The plan, House Bill 4877, would limit the amount of money the State Administrative Board could unilaterally redirect into or away from any single line item to $200,000. HB 4877 was referred to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration.
State Rep. Tom Kunse this week sent a letter to Rep. Erin Byrnes, chair, and other members of the House Ethics and Oversight Committee calling upon them to take action to implement financial transparency reforms required by Proposal 1 of 2022. “Universally and without reservation, each member of this Committee agreed in January that our […]
State Rep. Tom Kunse, R-Clare, today invited residents to attend his upcoming office hours in Clare and Baldwin. Local office hours are an opportunity for residents to share their thoughts, questions, or concerns. No appointments are necessary to attend. In October, Kunse will be available from Friday, Oct. 13, from 9 to 10 a.m. at […]
“Yesterday’s big winners are bipartisanship and the Lansing City Rescue Mission,” said Kunse. “In a time when it can seem like division dominates the headlines, it’s encouraging to see colleagues from different parties come together for a common goal: supporting our capital city. We’ve shown that we can find common ground, not only on the softball field, but also in our dedication to helping those less fortunate.”