Lansing, Mich., Mar 15, 2019 / 13:54 pm
Michigan's Governor Gretchen Whitmer has asked the state's legislature for an additional $2 million in funding for the state's ongoing sex abuse investigation into Michigan's seven Catholic dioceses.
Spurred by the release of the grand jury report out of Pennsylvania last year, which documented hundreds of cases of clergy sex abuse that took place over several decades in almost every diocese in the state, Michigan's then-Attorney General Bill Schuette launched the state's own investigation in August 2018.
This week, Whitmer asked the state legislature for additional funding to cover the costs of the rest of the investigation, which is expected to last two years, The Detroit News reported.
Kelly Rossman-McKinney, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Dana Nessel, told The Detroit News that while the investigation had thus far been covered internally by the state department, "the sheer size and scope of the investigation requires that we ask the Legislature to appropriate funds for this project."