This week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive directive pushing her office to work, in tandem with the legislature, focusing on improving broadband access across the state.
The directive confused some lawmakers because they say they sent bills to her desk earlier this year doing just that but she vetoed them.
“We felt that that was very important to get service,” said Rep. Ken Borton of Gaylord, “In her veto letter, she said that she just didn’t think that the speed was enough. The speed that we were recommending in those bills was appropriate, it’s exactly what the federal government was issuing. It as what they felt was the appropriate speed.”
Earlier this year, Whitmer created an office in the state government focused on expanding and providing high speed internet across the state.