Lansing, MI – Reps. Beau LaFave, Greg Markkanen, and John Damoose released a joint statement criticizing Governor Whitmer’s newest two-month extension of 10pm curfews, 25% restaurant capacity limitations, and restrictions on gatherings in the privacy of your own home:
“Governor Whitmer recently decided to extend her authoritarian edicts for at least another two months, through the end of March. Recent radical restrictions on restaurants and small businesses in the U.P. have done nothing to slow the spread of the virus. The only thing Whitmer accomplished during the last year is a record number of permanently closed businesses, citizens fleeing our state for economic and political freedom, and an unconscionable spike in drug-abuse and suicide deaths.
“Michiganders were told it would take fifteen days to slow the spread. More than a year later, we are still suffocating under the weight of this power-hungry theocrat’s edicts. If we continue to blindly follow Whitmer down this path of authoritarianism, we will forever lose our political freedoms. We demand the governor stop her unilateral orders and allow the Legislature to play a role in helping shape our state’s pandemic policies.”
“Democrats clamoring about process means nothing when they won’t engage with us legislatively,” said Markkanen, who serves on the House Education Committee. “I know there are former educators across the aisle. I’m sure they dealt with the same classroom distractions that I did. It appears they forgot about the remedies for those problems. If they truly recognize the need for school safety resources, I’d give them some of the same advice I gave some of my more distracted students – it’s time to turn off the phone, sit down at your desk, and get to work. We need a committee hearing so we can get these bills done.”
“There are so many Yoopers with Finnish heritage, making celebrating Finnish history all the more important in the Upper Peninsula,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “Saunas are essential to Finnish culture. Finns of all generations enjoy traditional saunas for cleansing and as a vital source of relaxation and socializing.”
“Pvt. Karna served his country bravely in its time of greatest need,” Markkanen said. “As a fellow veteran, I’m honored to introduce a bill to memorialize his service and sacrifice in the Painsedale and South Range communities.”
“The governor’s new Good Jobs 2.0 proposal has a lot in common with Hollywood’s recent obsession with remaking classic movies; the only difference being, unlike many of the movies, the original Good Jobs program was terrible too,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “Michigan doesn’t need to lure coastal corporations into our state so we can have more big fancy ribbon cutting events. We need a real economic development strategy to support our struggling small businesses across Michigan.”