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GOP In Michigan House Move Bills To Limit Whitmer Administrative Board Powers

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Some Republicans in the state House want to limit the governor’s ability to move money around within state budgets.  They passed a bill out of a state House committee Wednesday.  Cheyna Roth has more.

Christine Greig is leader of the Democrats in the state House.  She says she is so over this.

“To me, it’s just noise and really don’t care to engage in it at all. We should be working on the budget and not all this other stuff.”

Here’s what’s going on.  Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the state budget.  But then she made a lot of vetoes AND she moved around millions of dollars within department budgets.  She said she did this because Republicans weren’t working with her on the budget. 

Now, GOP lawmakers want to put limits on her ability to move money around.  One bill would put a cap on how much money she could move.  And another would prevent certain types of budget items from being changed altogether…without a veto.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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