Common-sense adjustments would allow people to stay at work safely
State Rep. Brad Paquette today said the governor moved in the wrong direction when she put even more restrictions on people and businesses while extending her stay-at-home order until April 30.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered that stores no longer sell what she considers non-essential items and block off those areas so customers cannot access them. The governor also said she will not follow the latest guidelines issued by the federal government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency that would allow more Michiganders to safely return to work while following social distancing guidelines.
Paquette, of Niles, agrees it is important for people to continue social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19, but said rather than issuing more restrictions, the governor should focus on making common-sense adjustments to allow workers who can safely do their jobs to support their families.
“The governor should align with the federal CISA standards. There are many industries that can go about their business in safe ways. A one-size fits all executive order based on who is deemed essential, instead of who can do their job safely, is the wrong approach,” Paquette said. “I represent countless workers who can perform their job functions while abiding by social distancing protocols. I urge the governor to let them do so.”
Paquette said he is concerned the governor’s new restrictions will put even more people out of work when there are already so many problems with the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency.
Rep. Paquette and his staff are working remotely, so they can continue to serve residents during the COVID-19 outbreak. Paquette has been on the phone every day with constituents. Please call his office and they will put you in contact with him directly if you so choose. People with questions or concerns can reach his office by calling (517) 373-1796 or emailing [email protected].
State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Niles, and State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, of Detroit, delivered testimony Tuesday before the state House Education Committee on a bipartisan package of bills to give Michigan educators a voice in state policy decisions that directly affect local schools.
A group of Republican lawmakers this week introduced a plan protecting Michigan residents and job providers from excessive penalties for non-compliance with rules implemented unilaterally by the governor.