Whitmer Signs Budget Deal, Vetoes Money For Anti-Abortion Efforts

Sep 30, 2021

Rick Pluta
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network / mprn.org

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the final two bills of the new state budget. We have more from Rick Pluta.

Governor Whitmer praised the budget as a bipartisan agreement to spend more on childcare, roads, dam safety, and job training. But the governor also vetoed line items, including several that would have restricted access to abortions, which the governor said violates women’s reproductive freedom.   

“While we see some other states pursuing some extreme and regressive bans that puts lives at risk and criminalize health care providers for just doing their jobs, for as long as I am governor, I am going to make sure that we prevent that from happening in Michigan” 

 She also declared that language to prohibit universities and local governments from issuing COVID-19 orders is unenforceable.  

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org