State Rep. Timothy Beson, of Bay City, issued the following statement in reaction to the governor’s veto of parts of his bill and other significant portions of the Legislature’s bipartisan COVID-19 Reform Plan – including money to help families stay afloat, get kids back into the classroom, and protect public health:
“The governor’s cavalier approach to the livelihoods of Michigan people is confusing at best. I find it deeply disturbing that she does not grasp the desperate needs of families, students, and job providers in the wake of her year-long shutdown on our way of life.
“In her 2020 State of the State Address, the governor said she was determined to make sure the hard-working people of Michigan are respected. Over the past year, she has wrecked the lives of countless workers and their families, and now, when given the opportunity to help rectify it, she refuses to sign. That doesn’t sound like respect to me.
“A portion of the reform plan vetoed by Governor Whitmer includes $405 million in afflicted business relief. As a small-business owner, I know just how harshly COVID-related policies impacted our community throughout the past year. Many suffered through the restrictive regulations or were forced to shutter forever, with employees being hit especially hard. With fewer customers came stagnant wages and less opportunities for work. The governor’s veto of this essential funding speaks to how little she cares for small-business owners and their employees, who just want to earn a living through honest hard work.
“The truth is, the governor cares more about her political standing than doing what’s best for the people of Michigan, and families across the state will continue to suffer as a result.”
State Rep. Timmy Beson, of Bangor Township, stands with Bay County Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Box on Sept. 9, 2021, at the state Capitol. Beson hosted Box at the annual Michigan House of Representatives memorial of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Rep. Beson says the pandemic unemployment benefit, which continues through September, has an unintended consequence of dividing people and argues government should incentivize individuals who have been working.
Rep. Beson talks about House passage Tuesday of HB 4838, which prohibits connection of the electronic voting systems and electronic poll books to the internet on election day. Rep. Beson says it is good to have what has been a policy formally put into state law.
State Rep. Timothy Beson criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s veto of legislation that would have helped local businesses across Michigan reopen, rebuild, and get back on their feet while emerging from restrictive COVID-19 measures.