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Legislative leaders set expectations ahead of State of the State speech

LANSING—Speaker Jason Wentworth and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey today released the following joint statement, setting expectations for what Republicans in the legislature want to hear in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address:

“Like many Michiganders, we are listening to the governor’s speech tonight in the hopes of hearing answers. Putting Michigan back to work is long overdue. Tonight, we want to hear Gov. Whitmer acknowledge it is time to lift her unnecessary restrictions.”

“Like the parents flooding our offices with calls and emails, we want to know when kids will be allowed to play sports again. Young people have spent the better part of a year with limited access to the classroom, putting their futures at risk. And, Gov. Whitmer has denied student athletes the ability to participate in sports, threatening their physical, social, and emotional well-being.”

“Like the working families and small business owners in our communities, we want to know when local restaurants will be allowed to reopen without arbitrary restrictions. The hospitality industry has been singled-out by Gov. Whitmer, and her policies have contributed to the closure of 3,000 Michigan restaurants and tens of thousands of layoffs. That number will surely grow unless the governor allows these local businesses to operate safely at capacity.”

“Government draws its authority from the consent of the governed. The people we represent did not consent to Gov. Whitmer’s continued closures. The people of Michigan want and deserve answers.”