State Rep. Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) issued the following statement in opposition to Allegan County’s recently implemented mask mandate for students and teachers in all K-6 classrooms, regardless of vaccination status:
“As a representative of Allegan County, it is my duty to represent the interests of the residents of Allegan County. I am compelled to speak out against the recent mask mandate that has been handed down by one unelected bureaucrat in the county. I know the residents of Allegan County. They are our neighbors, friends, and families. It is abundantly clear that the people of Allegan County do not want a mask mandate. The people of Allegan County support each individual’s right to make personal medical decisions for themselves. In Allegan County, we trust the parents to decide what is best for their children, not some unelected bureaucrat.
“This heavy-handed mandate acts as a one-size-fits-all solution for an entire community of adults and families who are entirely capable of making their own decisions. It also fails to take into consideration those who are unable to wear masks or are already vaccinated. The people of Allegan County have been safely enjoying their lives free from the intrusion of an unelected bureaucrat telling them how to live.
“I am urging schools within Allegan County to ignore this mandate and let parents decide what is in the best interest for their own families – rather than dictate every action they take. As a state legislator, I am not afraid to work with my colleagues to use the power of the purse if the Allegan County Health Department continues to ignore the will of the people.”
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Johnson talks about Thursday’s meeting with officials from the Michigan Auditor General’s office and Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel on COVID deaths in nursing homes during the pandemic. Rep. Johnson says a recent Auditor General’s report and testimony Thursday makes him think that the state […]
House Oversight Committee Chairman Steve Johnson discusses the upcoming release of the Michigan Auditor General’s report into COVID-19 long-term care facility deaths in Michigan. The state’s Department of Health acknowledged in a letter that a previous total of COVID-19 long-term care facility deaths is 30 percent lower than what the Auditor General found.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Johnson talks about the committee’s meeting Thursday, when members will hear from officials from the Michigan Auditor General’s office about a state undercount of COVID-related nursing home deaths.
House Oversight committee Chair Rep. Steve Johnson talks about Thursday’s joint House and Senate Oversight hearing with the leadership from the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency regarding a Deloitte investigation into payments made by the UIA involving fraud and intentional misrepresentation. The investigation determined $8.5 billion in taxpayer money was lost to fraud. Rep. Johnson says […]