State Rep. Julie Alexander today said she does not support the governor’s latest decision to put additional restrictions on people and job providers while extending her stay-at-home order until April 30th.
“The governor is moving in the wrong direction with these new orders,” Alexander said. “While I certainly agree with her that we must adhere to implementing strict health and safety measures, we must also focus on getting people who can safely do their jobs back to work so that they can provide for themselves and their families.”
Rep. Alexander said the Legislature shares the same goal with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer – to stop the spread of coronavirus and help Michigan families during this pandemic.
“I have heard from hundreds of people in my Jackson community who are unable to work because of her orders, worried about how they are going to put food in the table for themselves and their children,” Alexander said. “That is why if the circumstances allow, people should be allowed to continue working while taking precautions.”
Alexander, chairwoman of the House Agriculture Committee, said it’s also concerning that our state’s nurseries and garden centers are not allowed to sell vegetable plants right now.
“The governor is completely shutting these needed services down,” Alexander said. “What about the people who want to plant a garden, grow their own food, and be self-sufficient? Timing is crucial as the growing season in Michigan is limited. The focus should be on businesses that can safely operate, providing important services and products to their community, not what is considered essential or non-essential – every job is essential to the family that relies on that paycheck.”
Rep. Alexander said she would like to see a common-sense approach moving forward, one that keeps families safe while allowing them to put food on the table and pay their bills.