Kevin Rinke Proposes Dangerous Plan That Would Spur “Dramatic” Funding Cuts for Roads, Law Enforcement, and Public Education

Out-of-touch millionaire Kevin Rinke is out today with a new component of his wrong-for-Michigan agenda – this time proposing a plan that would slash funding for critical services like road repair, local police departments, and public schools.

And in a move that both underlined the used Toyota salesman’s radical leadership and showed he doesn’t care about working families, Rinke refused to “specify how he would cut the budget or fund government without the revenue.”

Detroit News correctly spelled out how Rinke’s crude and half-baked agenda would drastically impact the way Michigan operates.

“Cutting that amount of money from the budget would be a dramatic shift in state government operations and would likely mean funding reductions for schools, road work and other services, if the revenue weren’t replaced.”

Previously, Rinke had indicated his “plain and simple” support for an “unsustainable” and “short-sighted” GOP tax plan that would have “disproportionately help[ed] the state’s wealthiest residents” and forced more than $1.8 billion in annual cuts to Michigan’s budget. 

Over just three years, the GOP plan would have gutted public education resources to the tune of $624 million being stripped from the school aid fund.

The impacts are even more devastating for the efforts that go towards keeping our streets safe. The plan also threatened funding for over 5,000 state and local law enforcement officers and civilian employees. The potential impacts on Michigan State Police are even worse, as the cuts would have threatened general fund dollars that provide over 60% of MSP’s budget

MDP spokesperson Rodericka Applewhaite issued the following statement:

“Since joining the crowded gubernatorial field several months ago, out-of-touch millionaire Kevin Rinke has been putting in overtime to make sure Michigan working families are aware of just how little he’ll consider their priorities and the resources it takes to keep them first. The appropriations that allow us to keep fixing our roads, fund law enforcement across Michigan, and operate our public schools aren’t pork – they are critical services. Any strong leader knows the difference.”

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