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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer taking 10% pay cut during pandemic

The governor said she wants to lead by example.
Credit: State of Michigan

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday that she will be taking a pay cut as the state works to balance its budget during the coronavirus pandemic. 

"I know that times are tough, and that we as a state are going to be confronting a tough budget as a result of the economic shutdown," she said. 

The governor will be taking a 10% pay cut and she asked her senior executive staff to take a 5% pay cut. 

According to Business Insider, Whitmer made $159,300 in 2019. 

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