State Rep. Ken Borton today criticized Democratic legislators who voted for the state’s bipartisan budget but changed their votes and opposed funding for maternal health and adoption services after the governor removed it from the budget.
Borton, R-Gaylord, and the Michigan House of Representatives today considered overriding vetoes by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and passing the budget line items into law, but Democrats changed their votes and prevented the two-thirds support necessary to override a veto.
“After we in the Legislature worked in a bipartisan fashion to advance common-sense ideas, Gov. Whitmer shamefully vetoed funding from our bipartisan budget to help moms and kids,” Borton said. “Now, Democrats caved to pressure from the governor. Shallow, partisan shenanigans like this are a disservice to Michigan families — women and children — who would have received support.”
Borton and his colleagues attempted to overturn the governor’s veto of multiple line items from the budget, which passed the House 97-9, to support maternal health and adoption: a $4 million maternity home program to help pregnant women in need of safe housing and prenatal care; $1.5 million for pregnancy resource centers; $10 million to promote the adoption of infants in need of a home and provide information about adoption as an alternative to abortion; and $2 million to offer tax credits to adoptive parents.
Despite the strong bipartisan support for the budget vote in July, House Democrats blocked the line items from taking effect.
“If we transition the passport program from opt-in to opt-out we are effectively creating a tax on people who don’t pay attention. We shouldn’t be forcing people to pay for a park pass they don’t even know they’re receiving and may never use. The governor is trying to bankroll her liberal agenda on the backs of working-class folks who won’t see the hit coming.”
“The governor is like that friend who wants to catch up over a pricey dinner but conveniently leaves right before the bill comes. The steak and potatoes look good on the menu, but the cost makes it a lot harder to swallow. I hope the public recognizes the governor won’t be sitting at the dinner table next to us when it comes time to pay for all her proposals.”
“Sometimes in this job I really have to remind myself that it’s impossible to help people who don’t want to help themselves. Democrats have zero interest in helping themselves, or the people of Michigan right now. All they have to do is walk across the aisle and negotiate if they’re truly interested in putting people first and making things better. But instead, they’re still grasping to the convoluted idea that they have complete control.”
“It’s great to see MDOT recognize both the poor condition of the I-75 interchange in Gaylord and the growing congestion motorists see during tourism seasons,” Borton said. “This project is a great investment in our community. I’m really looking forward to using the new interchange myself.”