Before breaking for the year, the GOP-led Legislature approved a Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget supplemental after a long standoff with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Not all programs vetoed by the governor made the cut in the supplemental, like Pure Michigan and the anti-abortion Real Alternatives program. In September, Whitmer vetoed $700,000 for the program that first started receiving state funding during the former Gov. Rick Snyder era.
As the Advance first reported, the Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint against Harrisburg, Pa.-based Real Alternatives, questioning how the organization spent Michiganders’ tax dollars.
Mary Alice Carter, senior advisor of Equity Forward, a Washington D.C.-based watchdog group that tracks anti-reproductive health actors, said it was positive that Real Alternatives remains zeroed out in the budget.
“The exclusion of funds to anti-abortion programming is cause for celebration in Michigan,” said Carter. “Gov. Whitmer was right to veto funding to Real Alternatives, an indication of her commitment to cutting handouts to lobbyists and vendors. Regardless of where one stands on abortion, it is not controversial that state programs should adhere to their contracts. Good riddance to this contract that benefited out-of-state executives and jeopardized thousands of people’s lives.”