Marquette County urges Lansing to revisit budget in letter

MARQUETTE — The many vetoes that Governor Gretchen Whitmer exercised on the latest state budget has had a negative impact on UP counties. Tonight, one UP county decided to voice their concerns.

The Marquette County Board of Commissioners approved a motion earlier tonight to pen a letter to Governor Gretchen Whitmer and state legislators, urging them to put aside politics and find a solution.

“We’re strongly urging both sides to get back to the table and come to their senses, and get some supplemental bills passed to restore some of the money,” said Gerry Corkin, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. “It’s extremely important in the Upper Peninsula and in the northern Lower Peninsula, particularly in the rural counties. We need to get this solved and put the politics in our pocket.”

The letter focuses on the potential repercussions in all 83 Michigan counties, with an emphasis being put on the 15 counties in the UP.

Whitmer’s budget cuts over $800,000 from Marquette County alone, with an approximate $7 million being lost between all of the UP counties.

Marquette County is urging other counties to follow suit.