Rural budget cuts
When Gov. Whitmer went through the budget (that the Legislature had passed) with her veto pen, she slashed about a billion dollars. That sounds good to lots of people. But when looking more closely at those cuts, whether accidentally or on purpose, it looks like she has cut more from rural areas than from urban areas.
Take health care as an example. Whitmer's veto pen hit several programs aimed to help rural hospitals, cutting more than $41 million. As we have seen with the elimination of the maternity ward in the Manistee hospital, rural hospitals were struggling even before these state budget cuts. With these cuts, what other services will have to be scaled back or eliminated to make ends meet?