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AP Interview: Nessel blasts GOP-proposed cuts to her budget

June 1, 2019
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FILE - In this March 18, 2019, file photo, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel attends an event for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in Clawson, Mich. Nessel says she will move next month to decommission a Great Lakes oil pipeline if Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cannot resolve the issue with operator Enbridge. The Democrat spoke on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the Detroit Regional Chamber's policy conference on Mackinac Island, near where where Line 5 runs under the Straits of Mackinac. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya File)
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FILE - In this March 18, 2019, file photo, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel attends an event for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in Clawson, Mich. Nessel says she will move next month to decommission a Great Lakes oil pipeline if Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cannot resolve the issue with operator Enbridge. The Democrat spoke on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the Detroit Regional Chamber's policy conference on Mackinac Island, near where where Line 5 runs under the Straits of Mackinac. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya File)

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says Republican-backed cuts to her budget would have a “devastating” impact, limiting the office’s ability to protect consumers, prosecute sexually abusive clergy and look into wrongful convictions.

The general fund reductions proposed by the Senate and House range between 10% and 15%. They are seen as payback for some of the Democrat’s moves since taking office in January, like reaching a legal settlement to prohibit faith-based adoption agencies that contract with the state from discriminating against LGBT couples.

Nessel tells The Associated Press that the proposed cuts are “short-sighted” and would hurt residents. She also is concerned that the Legislature has not allocated money to an investigation of clergy abuse.

Budget work is expected to heat up this month.

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