Whitmer looks to cut millions in funding for watchdog group that gave her failing grades

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) is looking to cut more than $8 million from the budget of a state government watchdog that has given her administration failing grades.

The Michigan governor is seeking to reduce the budget of the office of the auditor general, a nonpartisan watchdog that found several problems with state agencies, including the state’s Department of Education, which failed to fingerprint 4% of its staff.

Auditor General Doug Ringler requested information about the governor’s request to pull some of its funding in a letter to state lawmakers. But the lawmakers responded that it was still early in the budget’s legislative process and would look into the concerns.

“We received no advance notice of the executive budget reductions and no direct feedback regarding the reason behind them,” Ringler wrote, according
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