Stamas disappointed Whitmer chose ‘keeping her absolute power’ over additional school funding

LANSING, Mich. — After Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed a bipartisan COVID-19 relief supplemental budget plan while cutting millions of dollars in support for schools and small businesses and vetoing a measure limiting her unilateral power to shut down schools, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, issued the following statement:

“I am disappointed the governor chose keeping her absolute power over getting more federal money out to our schools and providing relief to struggling small businesses. It is a sad day for our system of government, our students trying to catch up, and the family-owned businesses trying to survive after being shut down by the governor without a path for reopening.

“We worked hard to put together a responsible bipartisan plan for effectively using the federal COVID-19 funding to meet our state’s most critical needs, and I am glad the governor has agreed to help get more people the lifesaving vaccines, increase testing, provide vital rental assistance and support our direct-care and front-line workers.

“We have more to do, and I hope the governor will work with us and share her spending plans on how to best invest the remaining federal funds instead of just asking us to give her a blank check. We owe it to the Michigan people to ensure our federal assistance is directed to families and small businesses in need.”