State Rep. Luke Meerman today said he strongly opposes Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request to extend Michigan’s state of emergency related to the coronavirus pandemic an additional 70 days.
“All throughout our state, people are confused and scared because the governor’s orders have not been made clear,” Meerman said. “Thousands of workers have been laid off and business owners are confused because no one knows for sure what is considered essential and non-essential.”
Meerman added that there seems to be no real plan in place to get people back to work, creating additional uncertainty.
“One day people were working and able to provide for themselves and their families, and then all of a sudden overnight their entire livelihoods have been put on the line,” Meerman said. “People are hurting, yet our governor wants to extend her emergency order to mid-June? What makes this all worse is that the Legislature has had little say in the decisions being made, leaving constituents without a voice during a time of crisis. Michigan deserves better. That’s why I reject her recommendation to extend her emergency order.”
Tomorrow, the Legislature is expected to consider a concurrent resolution to continue the state of emergency and the governor’s emergency powers until May 1, Meerman added, rather than her request to extend it until June 16.
“We must reevaluate our state regularly,” Meerman said. “And a 70-day extension completely precludes that option.”
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