Sen. MacDonald supports bills to restore many of governor’s budget cuts

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Wednesday voted to support legislation to restore more than $570 million of Gov. Whitmer’s fiscal year 2020 budget vetoes and transfers.

“Many of the governor’s budget actions didn’t make any sense, and I was proud to support these measures as a first step in restoring her cuts and helping build a brighter future,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “The governor’s funding cuts and transfers are already starting to impact Michigan children and families. Although this legislation would not fully restore the governor’s vetoes, it would support vital programs that Michigan residents use on a daily basis — from public safety to public health.

“It’s frustrating to have to pass the same funding twice, but it is necessary for our state and Macomb families.”

After signing the state budget, the governor issued a historic 147 line-item vetoes to cut nearly $950 million in funding approved by the Legislature. She then used an administrative board to transfer $625 million in additional funding.

Senate Bills 376 and 377 would restore a total of $573.5 million of the governor’s vetoed funding and administrative funding transfers.

The bills now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.