Rep. Cole urges residents to share their experiences with COVID-19 pandemic

State Rep. Triston Cole today announced a new website to allow the people of Michigan to share their experiences and struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic. MICovidStory.com is an accessible resource for concerned residents across the state. Michigan has now lost over 5,000 people to COVID-19, and executive orders and directives from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in…

MDARD offers guidance to U-Pick operations in advance of opening for the season

Social distancing, wearing masks, enhanced cleaning among protocols As warmer weather approaches, so does Michigan’s U-pick season. State Rep. Triston Cole said farm operations across the state are working so they can safely open and operate in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) outlined key…

Rep. Cole: Northern Michigan retail shops, bars, restaurants allowed to reopen Friday

State Rep. Triston Cole today said retail shops, restaurants and bars in Northern Michigan are ready to begin reopening to customers this week. Cole, of Mancelona, said many small bars and restaurants are struggling to remain open after being restricted to take-out only service by the governor’s executive orders since March 16. Retail shops are…

Rep. Cole: Revised stay-at-home order is good start, more action needed

State Rep. Triston Cole today said the governor moved in the right direction by easing a handful of the restrictions imposed by her stay-at-home order – but she must do more to relieve people of the crushing financial stress her orders have created. Cole, of Mancelona, said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is finally heeding the recommendations…

Rep. Cole: Governor wrong to put more restrictions on struggling families, job providers

Common-sense adjustments needed so people can return to work safely State Rep. Triston Cole today said the governor moved in the wrong direction when she put even more restrictions on people and businesses while extending her stay-at-home order through April 30. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered that stores no longer sell what she considers non-essential items…

Rep. Cole supports measure to extend state of emergency until May 1

Governor’s emergency powers should not extend to mid-June unless necessary State Rep. Triston Cole today joined his colleagues in extending Michigan’s state of emergency designation related to the coronavirus pandemic until May 1. Cole, of Mancelona, said he favored the plan over the 70-day extension proposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, which would have extended her…

Rep. Cole calls on governor to allow more job providers to operate

Construction, landscaping could function while adhering to social distancing State Rep. Triston Cole today called on the governor to allow some “non-essential” businesses to resume operations, if social distancing recommendations can be followed. Cole, of Mancelona, sent a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pointing out that her stay-at-home order has been unnecessarily restrictive on many…

Rep. Cole votes to provide $125M more for Michigan’s coronavirus response

Rep. Triston Cole this week voted in favor of a new emergency budget plan adding another $125 million to help the state of Michigan and local communities respond to coronavirus. The measure brings the total state funding approved to $150 million, including the $25 million approved by the Legislature last week. The plan will provide…