State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, today issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recommended a two-week suspension of in-person high school classes, youth sports and indoor dining to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The recommendation is not a binding order or health directive. The state currently leads the nation for the highest number of new cases by population and Michigan’s positivity rate is up almost 350 percent compared to six weeks ago:
“I wonder where this approach was a year ago from the governor – making recommendations to people throughout the state and letting different areas and communities make their own rules and decisions instead of implementing broad, burdensome orders that harshly impacted lives and livelihoods.
“It’s clear to me there has been a shift in her approach. Michigan has been one of the most restrictive states in the country in response to COVID-19. Many people have been put out of work and they have shared their stories of hardship with legislators. Shutdowns are not as popular now that we have seen the impacts of them on hardworking people, small businesses and families.
“So with cases now skyrocketing at a nation-high level, the governor is in a political pickle. It did not have to be this way. The Legislature offered to work with the administration, but Gov. Whitmer chose to go it alone.
“It is important to continue to ramp up vaccine efforts so people who want it can get in and get it. But we have been dealing with a mishandled pandemic strategy in this state and that is the direct result of Gov. Whitmer thinking she knew best from the onset.”
House Transportation Committee Chair Jack O’Malley talks about Tuesday’s committee meeting on infrastructure needs in northern Michigan if Line Five were to be shut down. Rep. O’Malley says the infrastructure is not in place, environmental concerns are plentiful and that the Governor needs to work toward finding common ground.
House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Jack O’Malley talks about a planned meeting of the committee on Tuesday of this week, when he says committee members will look at what, if any, infrastructure alternatives are in place in the case of a Line Five shutdown.
House Transportation Committee Chair Jack O’Malley today led a hearing examining the infrastructural impacts of a potential Line 5 shutdown, underscoring the practical approach of housing the pipeline in a tunnel as planned as opposed to alternatives that have been floated.
House Oversight Committee member Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, today issued the following statement after the committee heard testimony regarding House Bill 4667. The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, prohibits governmental entities from producing, issuing or incentivizing documentation for the purposes of certifying that an individual has received a vaccination for […]