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Alpena commissioners send letter of disappointment to Gov. Whitmer

Submitted by on December 4, 2019 – 12:56 amNo Comment

Many counties across Michigan, particularly in the northern part of the state, are very disappointed by the actions of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who in early October chopped $1 billion out of the state budget by issuing 147 line item vetoes.

Whitmer said her actions were needed to protect public health and safety, however, she was also responding to a budget from Republican lawmakers that lacks the money she promised to fix roads.

Alpena County stands to lose over $150,000 in revenue if the Governor and lawmakers cannot reach an agreement to restore some or all of the budget cuts. And, like many others in the region, Alpena commissioners are upset over the impasse.

Commissioners recently voted unanimously to send Whitmer a letter or a resolution confirming their viewpoint of the situation. That letter or resolution will be based upon a letter Crawford County Commissioners sent to the Governor in November.

While the letter calls out both Republicans and Democrats for the budget standoff, it ultimately places blame on the Governor. It ends by stating, “Please stop the finger pointing and political posturing, and take the necessary steps to restore the desperately needed funding we stand to lose as a result of your actions. You can fix this, Governor Whitmer, and we implore you to do so.”