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Rise & Shine: Gov. Whitmer’s vetoes hit her political opponents — and one of her allies

Good morning!

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took the extraordinary step this week of vetoing 147 items from the Republican legislature’s proposed state budget. Many of the vetoes targeted programs that are dear to Whitmer’s political opponents, part of an apparent effort to force Republican lawmakers to renegotiate parts of the budget.

But other vetoes infuriated Whitmer’s erstwhile allies — most notably a $1.1 million cut to the Autism Alliance, a program that helps families of children with autism get services. The organization’s leaders called the move a “slap in the face.”

“There were things that I had to veto because I was given budgets that did not add up,” Whitmer said. Video here:

More on the budget fight in the headlines below.

Happy Thursday!

— Koby Levin, reporter


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EDUCATION VETOES Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rejected $127?? Million in proposed education spending. The largest veto eliminated a proposed budget increase that would have brought $35 million to the state’s 294 charter schools. Chalkbeat

POLITICAL CHESS MATCH Whitmer and top Republican lawmakers are in a battle for public opinion as a six-month budget battle comes to a head. Will there be another budget deal? Who will take the blame if the budget leaves everyone unsatisfied? Bridge Crain’s Detroit Free Press The Detroit News Mackinac Center

BATTLING CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM Detroit students missed 2.3 million days of school last year. Two nonprofit leaders argue that every Detroiter can do something to help students get to class. Detroit Free Press

COUNT DAY Wednesday marked the beginning of one of the most crucial periods of the school year. Education funding hinges on whether students attend school on “count day” (and for some time afterward — districts have some wiggle room). MLive WDIV

SCHOLARSHIP FUND A paving magnate and his wife helped build the largest network of charter schools in Detroit. Now Bob and Ellen Thompson plan to give $200 million to low-income graduates of the network — University Prep — to help them attend college. Crain’s