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House Republicans pass bills to limit Whitmer administrative board powers

Nov 6, 2019

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When Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the state budget, she also moved some money around within the budget. She did that using the state Administrative Board.

Now Republicans want to put limits on her ability to do that going forward. They introduced bills that would do things like cap how much money the governor could move around within departments.

Those bills passed the House on Wednesday. Republican Representative Jason Sheppard is chair of a committee that passed the bills.

“The main goal is to make sure that any future budget negotiations are not subject to just moving funds around according to the executive branch,” he said.

Christine Greig is leader of the Democrats in the state House. She says she is so over this.

“To me it’s just noise and I really don’t care to engage in it at all. We should be working on the budget and not all this other stuff,” she said.

Whitmer has said that she won’t sign any bill that limits her powers or the powers of future governors going forward.