In an unprecedented move, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday issued 147 line-item vetoes in the FY20 budget, affecting more than $947 million in state spending. Although the 2.3 percent increase (about $5 million) for county revenue sharing evaded the vetoes, other line items for specific programs and services provided by counties were hit, stripping away about $60 million in funding for county programs.
"While we see that counties were collateral damage in a fight between the governor and
the Legislature, there's no way to sugarcoat what $60 million in cuts mean to our members," said Stephan Currie, MAC executive director. "These are significant, troubling reductions. We plan to make a vigorous case to both sides that these results need to be reversed as quickly as possible with a supplemental appropriations bill."
Among the reductions to county services affected by Whitmer's moves are:
Effective Immediately, The Iosco County Sheriff's Deputy hired to conduct Traffic Enforcement on secondary roads has been laid off. The grant was set to resume on October 1st, 2019, prior to the Governors budget cut. The deputy patrolled county roads, other than M-55, M-65 and US23. The deputy was very effective in patrolling areas of our county that rarely see law enforcement and handle numerous traffic crash investigations throughout the entire county.
Also affected through the above budge cuts, was funding the Iosco County Jail received from the State of Michigan to house state inmates. It is unknown at this time how the County will adapt to this significant funding loss.