Governer Gretchen Whitmer

LANSING, MI--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed executive order 2020-96 to reopen retail businesses and auto dealerships by appointment statewide on Tuesday, May 26, as part of her MI Safe Start plan. 

The governor’s executive order also lifts the  requirement that health care providers delay some nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures statewide  beginning on Friday, May 29. And the order authorizes small  gatherings  of 10 people or less starting immediately, as long as participants practice social distancing.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says President Donald Trump’s plan to suspend immigration is distracting from efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic and part of “inconsistent messages” that scare people and put the public in greater danger.

The Democrat told The Associated Press Tuesday that pronouncements about immigration policy now are “scary” for immigrants, those hoping to immigrate and others.

State of Michigan

LANSING, MI--   Today, Governor Whitmer signed executive order 2020-42, extending her prior “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through the end of April. As with the prior order, Executive Order 2020-42 limits gatherings and travel and requires all workers who are not necessary to sustain or protect life to stay home. Executive Order 2020-42 also imposes more stringent limitations on stores to reduce foot traffic, slow the spread of the coronavirus, and save lives.  

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Legislature adopted a resolution Tuesday extending Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. 

Lawmakers were called into the House and the Senate in small groups to check in before the resolution was adopted. It extends the governor’s emergency powers until April 30th.

House Democratic Leader Christine Grieg introduced a resolution to allow future votes to be handled remotely.

LANSING, MI--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted — and 

ensures continuing of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning. District facilities may be used by public school employees and contractors for the purposes of facilitating learning at a distance while also practicing social distancing.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign an executive order this week with more details on the state’s plans for schools amid the COVID-19 outbreak. 

As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, schools have been closed since March 16th.

The closures keep 1.5 million Michigan students at home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, but with no word on exactly when or if classes will resume.

LANSING, MI--   President Donald Trump has authorized the use of the Michigan National Guard for humanitarian purposes. 

That allows Governor Gretchen Whitmer to allocate and order up to 3,000 members of the Michigan Army and Air National Guard for up to 90 days to perform humanitarian missions. That includes such purposes as helping run mobile screening facilities, distributing food and medical supplies, disinfecting public spaces, and supporting public safety when required.

Whitmer asks President Trump for disaster declaration

Mar 27, 2020

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to declare a disaster in Michigan due to the new coronavirus.

The state has more than 2,800 cases of COVID-19. Sixty-three people have died. The city of Detroit alone has nearly a third of the cases.

Healthcare providers across the state are complaining of shortages in protective gear like masks and gloves. Whitmer says the state has collected a lot of protective gear for healthcare workers from other states and businesses.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered public and private schools in Michigan to close as part of the state’s effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

“In an abundance of caution, I am ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings in Michigan for three weeks starting Monday, March 16th until Sunday, April 5th”

The number of presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in Michigan has spiked to 12 – and more are expected. Whitmer says K-12 schools are an obvious nexus where the virus can be spread.

City of Detroit

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Some Michigan homeowners struggling with property taxes can sign up for affordable payment plans to help them stay in their houses under new legislation. 

The “Pay as You Stay” bill was signed Monday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. It implements a program that allows foreclosing governmental units to reduce delinquent property taxes owed by homeowners who qualify for poverty exemptions. Once enrolled, all interest, penalties and fees would be eliminated.