State Rep. Mike Mueller, of Linden, issued the following statement after the governor announced the extension of her stay home order to May 28:
“Though the Legislature has extended its hand, the governor has made it loud and clear that she has no interest in partnering together or listening to the concerns of Michigan residents. As state representative, it is my job to make sure the voices of my constituents are heard, but I am unable to do that because the governor has rejected the democratic process.
“I have heard from more than 1,000 struggling constituents, some who have lost or will soon lose the businesses they worked so hard to build. My office has also handled more than 400 cases for displaced workers unable to access unemployment insurance. These are the people the governor has chosen to ignore. I will not allow her to mute the voices of the people of our communities who are in dire straits.
“It’s unfortunate a lawsuit is necessary to rectify this injustice, but I want to be clear that the purpose of legal action is not to strip the governor of her powers, it is to restore the system of checks and balances to ensure the people of Michigan are represented.”