Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Back Plan to Dismantle Funding for Public Education, Law Enforcement, and Infrastructure

Many of the gubernatorial Republicans on stage tonight in Grand Rapids have thrown their support behind an “unsustainable” and “short-sighted” tax plan spearheaded by Republican legislators. A major display of the wrong-for-Michigan agenda they continue to push, the plan would have forced billions in cuts statewide to several key initiatives that address the issues that matter to working families, such as public education and law enforcement.

Nevertheless, candidates touted the plan:

Aside from the fact that it “disproportionately helps the state’s wealthiest residents,” these disastrous proposals would have forced more than $1.8 billion in annual cuts to Michigan’s budget. Over just three years, the GOP tax 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 GOP tax plan 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.

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