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Snyder budget includes family planning provision he says he won’t enforce

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Gov. Rick Snyder signed the state’s general fund spending plan for fiscal year 2019 Thursday, and it includes a provision he says his administration won’t enforce.

That measure would cut funding to Planned Parenthood. It requires county health departments to favor family planning clinics that don’t offer abortions. 

Snyder said that provision is unconstitutional because there is a separate law that says how family planning money is distributed. It's already illegal in Michigan for public money to be directly used for abortions.

“If they wanted to look at that as an issue, it would have to be done legislatively on that particular statute,” he said.

Backers of the provision said it was a way to encourage the state to look at other options for family planning services. The measure was not subject to a line item veto.

The budget also includes more money for roads.

“So I hope our citizens are looking forward to seeing a lot more barrels out there,” Snyder said. “These will be great projects.”

Public safety also gets a boost and more money will be put toward paying down the state’s debt. The budget also brings the state’s savings account up to more than $1 billion. This was the general fund budget. Snyder plans to sign the education budget next week.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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