Frontlines: Is Whitmer Worried about Whistleblowers?

Is Governor Gretchen Whitmer worried about whistleblowers?
 
That’s the only conclusion one can draw after the Governor quietly and without fanfare vetoed legal protections for government whistleblowers not once, not twice, but 13 times in recent bills.
 
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There's nothing "good" about corporate welfare!

Unfortunately, some Senate Republicans have reignited their push for the foolish corporate welfare scheme known as “Good Jobs for Michigan.”  And while the legislators pushing for this scheme may have good intentions, there’s nothing “good” about it for Michigan taxpayers.
 
That’s why the Michigan Freedom Fund, other good-government groups and lawmakers from both political parties attended the Senate Economic and Small Business Development Committee to defend workers and taxpayers by testifying against SB 492 and asking tough questions of its supporters.
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Video: Tony Daunt Testifies in Opposition to SB 492

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Is Whitmer worried about whistleblowers?

This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.

In 2003, 2004, and 2005, then state Rep. Gretchen Whitmer voted for budget bills with specific language designed to protect government whistleblowers from punishment and recrimination should they notify lawmakers about waste, fraud, abuse or any other malfeasance inside their state department.

In 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, then state Sen. Whitmer voted for the same language to safeguard government whistleblowers.

The language was straightforward. It was routine. It had been signed into law by a Democratic governor – former Attorney General Jennifer Granholm – and by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. 

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Did Someone Say “Ridiculous”?

It was a year ago Saturday, on October 12, 2018 in the heat of the general election campaign when then-candidate Gretchen Whitmer uttered perhaps the biggest whopper of the cycle.

Standing on a debate stage and accused by her opponent of planning to raise Michigan motorists’ gas taxes by as much as 20-cents per gallon, Whitmer condescended and shot back.

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Whistleblowers Waylaid by Whitmer!

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This is a bombshell that’s gone almost entirely unreported in all the coverage spilling out of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s use of the veto pen to eliminate $13 million for county sheriffs to patrol local roads, strip $35 million from public charter schools serving minority students and low-income families, and perhaps most ridiculously, reduce road funding by $375 million after spending two years grandstanding about “Fixing the Damn Roads”. Apparently, what she really meant was “Raise the Damn Taxes”!

Buried among the Governor’s 147 line-item vetoes in the state budget was a shocking and appalling move to greatly reduce government transparency and threaten whistleblowers in state Government.

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