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Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

With the stroke of a pen on Wednesday afternoon, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed off on the remainder of the state‘s fiscal year 2023 budget and vetoed posts that directed funds to anti-abortion resource centers on the pregnancy.

The $76 billion budget, which has garnered bipartisan support, focuses on investments in the economy, Michigan’s workforce, public health and public safety.

“Today I am thrilled to sign my fourth balanced, bipartisan state budget that addresses the kitchen table issues that matter most to working families, was done on time, and does not raise taxes. ‘a dime,’ Whitmer said. “I look forward to working with the Legislative Assembly and continuing this spirit of collaboration to invest the billions of dollars in additional revenue we still have on the table to provide real relief to families at this time, especially they face rising prices for groceries, gas and other day-to-day expenses. I will work with anyone to put Michiganders first and get it done.

Whitmer signed the School Aid Fund budget earlier this month. The new fiscal year begins on October 1.

Among the lawmakers who attended the bill signing event at Corner Ballpark in Detroit were Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland), Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. ( D-East Lansing), House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.), Rep. Tyrone Carter (D-Detroit), and Rep. Felicia Brabec (D-Pittsfield Twp.).

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and Wayne County Sheriff Raphael Washington also attended.

Chang, who represents the district where the press conference was held, pointed out that the budget includes funding for the Detroit Police Athletic League (better known as Detroit PAL), Detroit Public Schools Community District, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Karmanos Cancer Institute, among other institutions.

“This is a historic budget across the board, so we’re very excited about it,” Chang said.

Hertel and Stamas emphasized that the budget process was bipartisan.

“The most important thing we can remember is that when we work together, the people of Michigan win,” said Hertel, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“We stayed focused on Michigan families, we stayed on health care, public safety and infrastructure. I was very satisfied overall,” said Stamas, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signs the state budget at Detroit’s Corner Ballpark on July 20, 2022. | Photo of Whitmer Offices

The fiscal year 2023 budget includes a $180 million deposit to the state’s rainy day fund, bringing the total balance to $1.6 billion, an all-time high.

The Democratic governor, who was a longtime abortion rights advocate, vetoed more than $20 million worth of anti-abortion articles, including $10 million for a program marketing adoption rather than abortion, $3 million for anti-abortion pregnancy resource centers and $100,000 for a legal defense of a ban on sex reassignment surgeries for people in state prisons.

“Governor Whitmer has been clear that women and qualified medical providers should make health care decisions, not politicians,” Whitmer spokesman Bobby Leddy wrote in a statement. an email regarding vetoes. “As politicians in other states rush to ban abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, Michigan must remain a place where a woman’s ability to make her own medical decisions with her provider of trusted health care is respected.”

Leddy went on to say that anti-abortion pregnancy resource centers “often use misleading advertisements that target young women and low-income women seeking abortion care, posing as health care clinics. comprehensive and licensed that offer all the options and then lie to women about medical facts.

Whitmer “cannot support aspects of a bill that sends millions of taxpayer dollars to bogus health centers that intentionally withhold information from women about their health, their bodies, and their full reproductive freedom,” said writes Leddy.

Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell), who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, criticized the governor’s vetoes.

“As good as this budget is, it should have been even better,” Albert said. “Whitmer inexplicably rejected over $20 million to promote adoption and help women facing pregnancy crisis. To be clear, this funding was not aimed at access to abortion. This is about helping women in need and sustaining life, and I am deeply disappointed that the governor is vetoing this help.

Whitmer also vetoed anti-abortion elements in the state’s education budget for fiscal year 2023.

Journalist Ken Coleman contributed to this story.

Originally published July 20, 2022 on Michigan Advance. It is shared here with permission.

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