Watchdog Gives Gretchen Whitmer Failing Grades — Now She Wants to Cut $8 Million From Group's Funding

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A nonpartisan Michigan state watchdog group recently gave Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration failing grades for multiple problems within state agencies, so the embattled governor’s response was to cut more than $8 million from the nonpartisan group’s budget. 

How Democrat. How Gretchen Whitmer.

Among the watchdog’s recent findings: 

  • The Unemployment Insurance Agency failed to perform some employee background checks or sever timely ex-employee access to databases.
  • The Michigan Department of Education never fingerprinted 4% of contracted staff, and 7% weren’t done on time as required by state statute.
  • The OAG found the Cannabis Regulatory Agency “averaged 196 days and took up to 757 days to complete disciplinary action for 123 formal complaints involving licensee violations.”
  • Critical hospital infrastructure needs to be inspected more often.

So Whitmer’s 2025 budget proposal includes — dare I say retributions? — more than $8 million in cuts against the watchdog group for doing its job.

Auditor General Doug Ringler said in a letter to the four top Michigan legislative leaders that he received no advance notice of the budget cuts.

We received no advance notice of the executive budget reductions and no direct feedback regarding the reason behind them. I look forward to meeting with you or other designated personnel to discuss any questions you may have and to work toward restoring our funding so we can continue to provide valuable oversight and partnership in an independent, objective, and transparent manner.

How Democrat. How Gretchen Whitmer. 

And as for Whitmer and Michigan Democrats being anywhere near objective and transparent, don’t hold your breath, Mr. Ringler.

Michigan House Republican leader Matt Hall said he opposes the proposed budget cuts, strongly urging fellow lawmakers to reject Whitmer’s proposal.

Gov. Whitmer’s administration has received multiple failing grades from this investigative office throughout her tenure, and to keep her future aspirations intact, she wants to make sure no one is checking her homework. 

The Legislature must reject the governor’s cuts and fully fund the auditor general’s vital work — shedding sunshine on state government and helping the people of Michigan and their elected representatives know what works and what’s broken.

I don’t want to belabor the point but again, how Democrat. How Gretchen Whitmer.

The Bottom Line

From Illinois Democrat Gov. J. B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams to California Gov. Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Mayor London Breed to Joe Biden and congressional Democrats, nothing is ever their fault. 


Biden’s intentional illegal alien invasion? Blame it on Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. Continuing Bidenflation? Blame corporate “profiteering” and, ridiculously, “shrinkflation.” Racial division? Blame “white supremacist” Trump and MAGA Republican “extremists.” The list is never-ending.

Yes, how Democrat. And in this case, how Gretchen Whitmer.


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