Whitmer Backtracks Will Cost Rural Communities Jobs
LANSING, Mich., March 13, 2019 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has halted the construction of a new $115 Million psychiatric facility in Caro. That facility would have replaced the current hospital which has been operating since 1914, and is the second largest employer in Tuscola county with 300 employees. The hospital, which is just one of five state psychiatric hospitals, serves over 150 patients and their families.
The replacement plan had been previously approved by the legislature and Governor Snyder in 2017. The Governor's office had no immediate comment on her actions that could kill hundreds of jobs. Republicans in the State legislature are looking into the legality of Whitmer’s actions, as the new hospital and its site location were drafted into last session’s state budget.
This action comes just weeks after Governor Whitmer overturned a different existing agreement that will have a devastating impact on another Michigan community. In February, Governor Whitmer torpedoed the sale of the former Deerfield Correctional Center to Immigration Centers of America--a move that will cost Ionia County 250 jobs.
"Yet again, Governor Whitmer is draining the economic lifeblood out of a rural Michigan Community,” said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Chairman. "Governor Whitmer campaigned on better jobs for Michigan families. Apparently, that promise doesn’t apply if you live in rural counties like Tuscola or Ionia. My heart goes out to the families and communities that will be affected by the Governor’s reckless backtrack on these existing agreements.”