Whitmer: GOP threat to withhold school COVID-19 funds is 'cruel and reckless'

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spoke of unity and common ground and looked past conflicts with the Legislature in her State of the State address Wednesday, but she hit back at recent actions by GOP lawmakers in a Thursday morning news conference. Whitmer called Republican threats to withhold school funding over disagreements about her response to the coronavirus pandemic “cruel and reckless,” and said the Legislature continues to complain about her exercise of powers that were in fact granted to the executive branch by the Legislature. “The executive has to be nimble and quick when liv…

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