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House Republicans pass bills to limit Whitmer administrative board powers

The Michigan State House of Representatives in Lansing, Michigan
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When Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the state budget, she also moved some money around within the budget. She did that using the state Administrative Board.

Now Republicans want to put limits on her ability to do that going forward. They introduced bills that would do things like cap how much money the governor could move around within departments.

Those bills passed the House on Wednesday. Republican Representative Jason Sheppard is chair of a committee that passed the bills.

“The main goal is to make sure that any future budget negotiations are not subject to just moving funds around according to the executive branch,” he said.

Christine Greig is leader of the Democrats in the state House. She says she is so over this.

“To me it’s just noise and I really don’t care to engage in it at all. We should be working on the budget and not all this other stuff,” she said.

Whitmer has said that she won’t sign any bill that limits her powers or the powers of future governors going forward.

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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