Governor Gretchen Whitmer

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive that declares racism a public health crisis in Michigan. 

The directive says systemic racism has led to higher COVID-19 infection rates in communities of color, as well as higher rates of infant mortality, asthma, and lead poisoning. It says racism has also affected the availability of safe and affordable housing, healthy food options, jobs, and transportation.

“And this reflects long-standing, deep, societal, economic and environmental disparities,” said Whitmer as she announced the directive.

LANSING, MI--   Today (Wednesday, July 29, 2020), Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-160 and Executive Order 2020-161, amending Michigan’s Safe Start Order and issuing revised workplace safeguards. 

Under the Safe Start Order, starting July 31, 2020, statewide indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people and bars will be closed for indoor service across the state, including in Regions 6 and 8 (the Upper Peninsula).   

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she’s aware there’s a growing urgency to making back-to-school plans. But she says it’s still too early to make final decisions on a return to in-school learning. Whitmer said those decisions will depend on the rates of COVID-19 deaths and infections in different parts of the state.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan lawmakers will return to session to pass a multibillion-dollar plan to resolve the deficit caused by the coronavirus shutdown with a mix of spending cuts, a drawdown of the state’s savings and a big influx of federal rescue aid. 

The framework of the deal was announced three weeks ago by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders.

LANSING, MI--   In response to President Trump’s threat to send federal law enforcement into cities across the nation, including Detroit, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statements:  

LANSING, MI--   After every region in Michigan saw an uptick in new COVID-19 cases over the past three weeks, Governor Gretchen Whitmer Tuesday signed Executive Order 2020-151, which extends the governor’s emergency and disaster declaration until August 11, 2020 at 11:59pm. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a directive Thursday to include training in how to recognize and guard against implicit bias for health care professionals.

The directive will require implicit bias training as a condition for health care professionals to be licensed or re-licensed to practice in Michigan.

Governor Whitmer said the problem is not new, but she said statistics that show differences in rates of coronavirus infections and deaths are stark proof that it exists.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed bills that would have allowed for delayed tax payments.

She cites the harm to local budgets across Michigan and says one measure related to property taxes is “blatantly” unconstitutional. The legislation, vetoed Wednesday, had won overwhelming legislative approval.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Organizers say they will begin collecting voter signatures within days for a veto-proof measure that would repeal a law that has given Gov. Gretchen Whitmer broad emergency powers during the pandemic. 

The ballot committee Unlock Michigan announced its plan after the state elections board approved a summary of the petition Monday. It would rescind a 1945 law that the Democratic governor has cited to close businesses, limit gathering sizes and restrict other activities to curb the coronavirus.

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer is shutting down indoor bar service in Lower Michigan to slow the spread of coronavirus. 

For some bar owners it could be “last call.”

Scott Ellis is the executive director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association.  He says the governor’s order is “devastating,” and could force 50 percent of bars in Lower Michigan to close permanently.