Whitmer to veto local government COVID order campaign articles


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will veto a line item in a budget bill that would punish local health departments that issue COVID-19 mask orders or restrictions.

This governor’s action is expected and Republican leaders say they will live with his decision even if they do not endorse it.

Whitmer’s press secretary Bobby Leddy has said the language to be vetoed is unconstitutional, unenforceable and a poor response to the management of COVID-19.

“The governor has always said she would protect public health measures that save lives and oppose all those who seek to undermine or restrict basic actions that save lives throughout this pandemic,” he said. said Leddy.

Republicans disagree. But Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Jim Stamas said it wouldn’t derail the deal.

“So until one side or the other probably disputes whether something can be ruled unworkable and finds the opportunity to fight over it, that hasn’t come up yet,” Stamas said.

The governor and the GOP-controlled legislature have yet to figure out how to use billions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funding.

The governor will sign the final bills of a budget deal before the start of the state’s new fiscal year on Friday. This will ensure funding for state departments and public universities.

The Ionia County Health Department lifted its COVID emergency health ordinance for schools on Monday. The Ionia Sentinel-Standard reported that this was in response to the budget bill.

“We have always been clear that the State of Michigan would not withhold funding from local health departments for the implementation of universal mask policies or quarantine protocols in local schools, especially those that are designed to keep students safe so they can continue to learn in person throughout this pandemic, ”said Leddy.

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