Common-sense adjustments needed so people can return to work safely
State Rep. Graham Filler today said the governor moved in the wrong direction when she put even more restrictions on Michigan workers while extending her stay-at-home order through 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 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.
Filler, of DeWitt, 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 that allow people who can do their jobs safely to return to work and support their families.
“I’ve heard from so many people in our community who are struggling to get by because the governor has deemed them non-essential and they still can’t get through to file for unemployment assistance,” Filler said. “It’s especially frustrating for people who have jobs they could do safely outdoors without interacting with others. We could put many so people back to work if the governor simply shifted focus and started looking at jobs as ‘safe’ or ‘unsafe’ instead of ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential.’”
Filler said the new CISA guidelines rightfully provide much broader exemptions for people who work in safe seasonal trades like lawn care, horticulture, construction and certain types of recreation.
“Adopting the new guidelines will put more people back to work, so they can bring home a paycheck again before they fall ever further behind on their bills,” Filler said. “It’s the first step the governor needs to take to help people get back on their feet.”
Rep. Filler and his staff are working remotely, so they can continue to serve residents during the COVID-19 outbreak. People with questions or concerns can reach his office by calling (517) 373-1778 or emailing GrahamFiller@house.mi.gov.