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Michigan House approves plan to partially restore funding to Going PRO, Pure Michigan


By Tamara Browning | Mar 23, 2020

Pictured is Miners' Falls, Michigan. The Michigan House approved a spending bill that partially restores funding to the tourism campaign Pure Michigan. | Wikimedia Commons

The Michigan House of Representatives approved on March 10 a supplemental spending bill that would partially restore funding previously vetoed for a job-training program and an advertising campaign.

The approvals would partially restore funding that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had vetoed for Going PRO, a job-training program, and Pure Michigan, a tourism campaign, said Michigan House Republicans.

Going PRO would receive $15 million and Pure Michigan would receive $16 million, said State Rep. Diana Farrington (R-Utica) in a press release. Pure Michigan previously received over $37 million a year before being temporarily eliminated by the veto, said The Detroit News.

Farrington, who voted in favor of the budget plan, said the programs previously vetoed have real results for job seekers and providers.

“Our state must be on the cutting edge of job preparedness and job growth as we look to attract businesses and residents in an ever-changing landscape,” Farrington said in a press release. “The Going PRO program helps Michigan in these efforts.”

The approved plan moves to the Senate and then to Whitmer for final approval.

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