Whitmer vetoes GOP broadband bill: Too costly and too slow

Michigan

FILE – In this April 12, 2021 file photo, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer U.S. talks about the statewide COVID-19 vaccination effort during a press conference in Ypsilanti, Mich. A recent spike in coronavirus cases in some states has led one of the nation’s top health experts to suggest that governors could “close things down” like they did during previous surges. But that doesn’t appear likely to happen — not even in states led by Democratic governors who favored greater restrictions in the past. (Lon Horwedel/Detroit News via AP, File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed companies to be exempt or defer personal property taxes on property required to establish broadband access, if the company receives funding by certain state or federal agencies.

Whitmer said in her veto letter Wednesday that such an action would ultimately cost schools funding while not requiring a high enough internet speed.

Whitmer said while she supports efforts toward affordable high-speed internet, she’s returning the bill to the Legislature.

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