With a Legislature-approved emergency declaration granting the governor extraordinary powers set to expire Friday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican lawmakers locked into a standoff over her authority Wednesday as well as how to reopen the state's economy.
H/T: Detroit News
“The Republicans in the Legislature want to negotiate opening up sectors of our economy," Whitmer said. "They’re acting as though we are in the midst of a political problem. This is not a political problem that we have. This is a public health crisis. This is a global pandemic."
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says the Governor is becoming comfortable being a "dictator" and that she gave him the double middle finger by publicly rejecting his private proposal. Listen below.
It's another ‘perfect for construction’ Michigan spring day! Yet there isn't much. Why? MI lags behind the rest of the nation in giving safe-to-operate construction projects the freedom to proceed. And the reason why is frustrating! #OpenMISafely #TrustMI https://t.co/VjpCOZH1F8— Sen. Mike Shirkey (@SenMikeShirkey) April 27, 2020
This morning I was on WDIV talking about how we should SAFELY open Michigan. Construction and elective medical procedures can happen safely, with the right procedures in place, and this morning we took action to do that.#TrustMI #OpenMISafely https://t.co/1gpN6nn0hF— Sen. Mike Shirkey (@SenMikeShirkey) April 28, 2020
“Michiganders can and should be trusted to return to work safely, especially in our hospitals and health care facilities, which is their area of expertise." -- @SenLTheis #TrustMI #OpenMISafely #MiLeg #MiGov https://t.co/0RzR7Z7ISm— MI Senate GOP (@MISenate) April 28, 2020
Michiganders have proven they can Stay Safe and Stay Home. Now’s the time for @GovWhitmer to TRUST them to work SAFELY!— MI Senate GOP (@MISenate) April 27, 2020
With the proper measures taken, construction can happen safely! Read our proposal to #OpenMISafely: https://t.co/r2kz6rEYaN#TrustMI pic.twitter.com/hrDzmgPZ9i