Hall weighs in on Whitmer controversy

May 17, 2021 WXYZ Detroit

Michigan House Republicans have been zeroing in on a trip Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took to Florida to check on her ill father. They are questioning how the trip was paid for, since a nonprofit that was used for her inaugaration paid over $27,000 for a chartered flight. Richard Hall, professor of political science and public policy, provided some context to the controversy.

"Presidents have inauguration funds and they generally work like big slush funds. The legal use of those funds is ethically questionable," Hall said. “This is not uncommon, it's really not all that scandalous. It just simply reflects on that we need higher ethical standards when it comes to these organizations.”