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Paquette, House approve plan to restore critical funding vetoed by Whitmer

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December 06, 2019
State Rep. Brad Paquette on Wednesday joined the state House in approving a plan to restore funding for vital government programs vetoed by Gov. Whitmer.
The governor vetoed nearly $1 billion in Legislature-approved funding when she signed the budget plan for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. The House plan approved today would restore the most critical of those vetoed funds.
“Many of my constituents have grown increasingly concerned by the governor’s vetoes. Her vetoes affect vital programs that support the people of Southwest Michigan,” said Paquette, of Niles. “I hope the governor has listened to the Michiganders across the state and now understands the value of this funding.” 
The House plan includes:
  • Adjusted funding to ensure public charter school students get the same investment from the state as all other public school students.
  • $1 million for the Autism Navigator program helping connect families with services.
  • $350,000 for a new autism intervention program to help infants and toddlers with developmental delays.
  • $10 million for school safety grants.
  • $400,000 to bolster care for Michigan’s Alzheimer and dementia community.
  • $16.6 million for rural hospitals.
  • $10.7 million to improve pediatric psychiatric services.
  • Nearly $2 million to continue the fight against opioid drug abuse.
  • Restore essential funding for the secondary road patrol programs.
            The plan now moves to be considered by the state Senate.