Whitmer Using Taxpayer-Funded Giveaways In Budget To Distract From Her Own Failed Record

Budget Does Not Address Out-of-Control Inflation, Declining Incomes, High Unemployment, Learning Loss, Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs Lost and Small Businesses Closed Forever

LANSING, MI – Following Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed state budget, the Michigan Freedom Fund criticized the proposal for failing to address the real problems facing Michigan families.

“Michigan has a $20 billion budget surplus. Instead of giving that money back to workers, Whitmer proposed nothing more than an Oprah-style taxpayer-funded giveaway to distract supporters from her own failed record and her pattern of hypocrisy,” said Tori Sachs, executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund. 

“Whitmer is giving away taxpayer dollars in hopes the people of Michigan will forget she ordered the most severe lockdowns that had no impact on health outcomes but led to the worst-in-the-nation economic recovery with the highest inflation while incomes are rapidly declining. Whitmer’s proposed budget offers nothing to workers and families desperately wishing for an off-ramp from COVID mandate madness.

“In two years, we’ve gone from two weeks to flatten the curve, to waiting until there’s a vaccine, to waiting for a percentage of the state to be ‘fully vaccinated,’ to these endless ‘rules for thee but not for me’ from Democrats across the country.” 

Whitmer’s COVID restrictions were called the “most severe in the midwest,” and she claimed to have the “strictest rules in the nation.” Today, Michigan has the worst economic recovery in the country. Michigan’s unemployment rate is the 9th highest in the U.S., and the highest rate of inflation at 7.5%. Michigan has lost more than 258,000 jobs since the beginning of the pandemic.

Whitmer has repeatedly come under fire for violating COVID policies, chartering a secret flight to Florida while telling people not to travel to Florida, violating her own social distancing orders at an East Lansing bar, and violating local masking ordinances at a Washington D.C. bar.

The Michigan Freedom Fund works to advance conservative ideas, hold our government accountable to taxpayers, and protect Freedom, opportunity, and workers’ Constitutional rights. For more information, please visit MichiganFreedomFund.com.