LANSING – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used a line-item veto to strike out all of the money for the Pure Michigan advertising campaign, Gongwer News Service reported Monday night.

The legislature delivered a $59.9 billion budget to the governor late last week. The governor on Monday announced she had signed the budgets but issued 147 line-item vetoes. The governor’s office has not released information about those vetoes and a spokesperson declined to confirm the Pure Michigan cut.

Pure Michigan is the state’s popular tourism brand, which runs advertisements featuring Michigan destinations around the state, country and world. And it’s been a minor point of difference between the governor and lawmakers in this year’s budget.

In last year’s budget, Pure Michigan clocked in at $36 million.

In her budget proposal for this fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, Whitmer proposed a $5 million cut to Pure Michigan, something industry leaders and some legislative Republicans opposed.

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