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Sen. Victory says Whitmer’s vetoes a ‘slap in the face’ to struggling small businesses

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville, issued the following statement on Tuesday after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer 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 administration’s power to shut down schools:

“The governor’s cuts are a slap in the face to hardworking small business owners struggling to stay open as a result of the governor’s punitive orders. Her actions show she cares more about keeping her power than she cares about Michigan students or our struggling small businesses.

“I’m extremely upset and disappointed she cut hundreds of millions of dollars to support our schools and help our family-owned businesses survive while vetoing a measure to preserve local control over school closures. Our kids and job providers deserve better.

“The governor wanted us to rubber stamp over $5 billion in federal funding with nothing more than trust. Based on the recently revealed secret hush money deals and an estimated $150 million in fraudulent unemployment payments, trusting her to effectively spend the funding without legislative oversight is irrational and unacceptable.”